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5 historical facts about the Roman Forum's development

Unlike the other forums across Rome's empire, the ancient capital's center of public life wasn't simply planned and built, but evolved slowly as the great city grew. Here are five facts about the original Forum Romanum's history!

It was a meeting point before a stone was laid

It was a meeting point before a stone was laid

Situated on a marshy plain between the key Capitoline and Palatine Hills of Rome, the site naturally became a local meeting point long before an official Forum was planned.

The marshland was drained by Tarquin the Elder

The marshland was drained by Tarquin the Elder

Legend has it that the initial Comitium emerged after both hilltop tribes made peace. Until Rome's 5th king built the Cloaca Maxima, most of the site was too swampy to be usable.

It served several uses

It served several uses

The forum served as the center of Rome's public life for centuries, hosting public speeches, military processions, criminal trials, gladiatorial matches, markets, and much more!

It became home to early Roman Catholic monuments

It became home to early Roman Catholic monuments

Constantine I built the Basilica of Maxentius in 312AD as the last major expansion of the forum. Over time, several of the other temples were converted into Christian churches.

Rising ground made it impossible to maintain

Rising ground made it impossible to maintain

Flooding of the Tiber river and erosion from its surrounding hills caused the ground to rise, slowing covering the monuments. By the Middle Ages the site was being used as a pasture!

Our insider tips

When to visit?

Tickets are valid for two days but also cover the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. That's a lot to see so make sure you arrive there nice and early on both days! The Forum opens from 8:30AM (except holidays), but closing times vary depending on the season. You'll have more time between April and September.
If not booking in advance, use the Palatine Hill ticket office, as the queue will be mercifully short compared to that at the Colosseum!

How to get there?

Don't let the maps fool you! Although there are Metro stations nearby, none of them are that close to an actual entrance! Colosseo (by the Colosseum, in case it's not obvious) is the closest but you'll still need to walk to the main entrance up Via dei Fori Imperiali. Otherwise, take either the 51, 85, 87, 118, or 810 bus to the stop Fori Imperiali.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Forum opens at 8:30AM daily (except holidays) and closes an hour before sunset.
  • Is it expensive?
    The adult ticket is just € 12,00 and is valid for two days, for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Plan to walk from the Colosseo Metro stop, or take the 51, 85, 87, 118 or 810 bus to the Fori Imperiali stop.
  • Additional information
    Admission is free the first Sunday of the month! | There is a € 2 booking fee for booking in advance and skipping the queue.

What people are saying about Roman Forum

Excellent tour of ancient Rome and popular sites!

Was a wonderful tour of the Colusseum, Roman Forum, and then walk to Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. I had three chidlren, 7, 11, 13, and they all enjoyed it. Were given free time to wander and take photos, due to the time of year. Were given excellent information, our guide was great and easy to understand! Was a fantastic way of seeing most of ancient Rome!

Tom was fantastic his knowledge was incredible

Colosseum was impressive but Palantine hill tour guide was excellent- Tom you nailed it mate

Fab a really good guide and lots free time too.

We really enjoyed...the guide was helpful and I formative. Good mix of being guided and free time at the Forum and Paletine Hill. Only slight critisicm...it was a rush in half hour to see top level of Collesium as well as visit the gift shop and meet the guide outside. Definitely needed longer.

Very informative, everything well-taken care of.

Matej took care of the group well. Very comfortable, relaxed and fun throughout. The pace was good. I've had a mini-history lesson on Rome.

Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/16/2019

Marvel at the grandfather of all sports stadiums

Get the history and the information to bring the colloseum to life, be it a personal guide, an audio guide, or a book to read beforehand.

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Package Reviewed by Dawid, 01/13/2019

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