The Roman government used to operate from the Roman Forum, with Julius Caesar the most famous politician to rule during its period. Now consisting of ruins, as with the Colosseum the remains are one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations with 4.5 million visitors each year.
There are a number of surviving structures amongst the rubble, which range from the 6th century BC through to around 600ad and include the Temple of Caesar and Trojan’s Forum. Visit the arena which would have held gladiator battles, criminal trials and public speeches from Caesar himself and get a feel for times in ancient Rome.
Rome has two airports, Leonardo da Vinci (at Fiumicino) and Ciampino Airport which are both only a short trip away from the Roman Forum. Opening times are from 8.30am until sunset, exact closing times change throughout the year. Your ticket will cost €12 or €7.50 for EU members between 18 and 25, which also gives you access to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Children under 18 go free. Group bookings and passes to include other attractions are also available.
Whilst your ticket will include the Colosseum and Palatine Hill search online for other combinations, or join a walking tour with an official guide. If you’re not planning to join a tour, then take time to research the history of ancient Rome before visiting to get a sense for the historical importance of the forum. It is best to book in advance, although arriving via Palatine Hill you will join the quickest queue to gain entry on the day. For security reasons only small hand luggage is aloud, no back packs, so dress appropriately for the weather and remember you will be exposed to the elements.
If you are planning your visit around the Roman Forum, look for a wide range of private rentals, villas and apartments near to the ancient city and ruins. If you are looking to stay in the City Centre, or travel from elsewhere in and around Rome then it is easy to travel on foot or public transport to reach the Roman Forum. Check our accommodation in Rome.
With so much in the heart of Rome take a walking tour and visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Bassilica for the Catholic landmarks, the centre of which is Vatican City. The highly decorative Trevi Fountain can also be found in Rome, as can more ruins with the famous historic Colosseum.
There is plenty of information available the Roman Forum, including: the history of the Roman Forum and its monuments, the excavation and preservation of the Roman Forum, the historical era of the Roman Kingdom, republic and empire along with the medieval period of Rome and other places of similar interest.
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