Roman Forum


Roman Forum, which is also known as Forum Romanum, shares its archaeological site with the Palatine Hill and Colosseum. 

Although they are located beside each other, they have different entrances. 

The Roman Forum has two entrances – Via di San Gregorio and Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6.

You can choose any of the two Roman Forum entrance locations, depending upon your location. 

Fire up Google Map on your phone and get the directions to Roman Forum

Roman Forum tickets 

The good part is that Roman Forum tickets include access to Colosseum and Palatine Hill. So, you get to explore these three magnificent structures with a single ticket. 

However, this basic Roman Forum ticket doesn’t include access to the Arena Floor, Colosseum’s Underground or allow you to visit the attraction after dark. 

If you are keen to explore the part of the Colosseum where the Gladiators fought each other to death, check out the Arena floor, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill tickets.

Cancellation Terms

Cancellation is free of charge, provided you do it 24 hours before the allotted time on your ticket.

Some tourists prefer to see the Colosseum under the moon by booking the VIP Night Tour + Underground Arena Access tickets. The VIP night tour helps you explore the beauty of the Colosseum’s underground and arena floor in your comfort. Just that it doesn’t include access to the Roman Forum.

Opening hours of the Roman Forum

There are dedicated time slots for exploring all three monuments – Roman Forum, Palatine, and the Colosseum. 

Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum hours:

Tourist SeasonOpening timeClosing time
2 Jan to 28 Feb9 am4.15 pm
1 Mar to 26 Mar9 am5.30 pm
27 Mar to 31 Aug9 am7.15 pm
1 Sep to 31 Sep9 am7 pm
1 Oct to 30 Oct9 am6 pm
31 Oct to 31 Dec9 am4.30 pm

The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are closed on 25 December and 1 January every year. 

Free Entrance 

On the first Sunday of every month, visitors can enter the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for free.

You can’t book these free tickets in advance. 

On the month’s first Sunday, you can collect the tickets directly from the attraction’s ticket office.

The governing law allows the following individuals free admission to these monuments, all through the week.

  • Citizens below the age of 18
  • EU tourist guides and interpreters conducting their professional services
  • The History of Art High Schools- Lecturers
  • ICOM (International Council of Museum)- Members
  • Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities- Employees
  • ICCROM (International Organisation for Conservation of Cultural Heritage)
  • Handicapped individuals, including one family member or caregiver from social and health assistance services 

Students, teachers, and journalists from specified schools and institutions can avail of free entry to the Roman Forum and the other two attractions. 

For more information, visit the official website

Tips for visiting Roman Forum

Here are a few tips to make your Roman Forum exploration a memorable experience.

Carry plenty of water and refreshments to keep yourself hydrated and energized throughout your exploration. 

It’s also preferable to carry a hat and sunscreen with a good SPF, especially for afternoon trips. 

Pick your comfiest pair of shoes on the big day as it’s a fairly long exploration with lots of stairs. 

It generally takes 3-5 hours (self-exploration) or even longer. Guided tours are usually 3 hours long.

The Roman Forum tour tickets, which include access to Palatine Hill and the Colosseum, are valid for two days. Buy now!

This means you can cover the Colosseum’s first and second tiers on a single day and return to explore the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill on the next. 

Evenly distribute the tour to make the most out of your Colosseum and related monument exploration at your leisure.

Carrying large bags or luggage is prohibited within the premises. So, make sure you leave them at your lounge/hotel. 

Selfie sticks, smoking, weapons, and hazardous items, and pets are not allowed inside these archaeological sites. 

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