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Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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Roman Forum and Palatine Hill features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Rome City Guide5-day Rome City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Center of the ancient world
  • One of the most ancient parts of the city
  • A great history lesson

Time required: 150 minutes

Phone: +39 06 39967700

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: 8:30am - 1 hour before sunset
Jan 1 and Dec 25: Closed


Ticket type Charge
General: 12 €
EU citizens of ages 18-24: 7.5 €
Under 18 and over 65 years (EU citizen): Free

Public transport:

  • Metro Line B: Colosseo station

Address: Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome

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Photo: Mshai

Things you need to know:

  • The Forum was the political, religious, and commercial center of the city; as the empire expanded, it became the center of the civilized world
  • Rome's most important temples and halls of justice were here
  • Religious processions, political demonstrations, elections, important speeches, and parades by conquering generals took place here
  • Today it is a site scattered with the ancient ruins of the buildings, monuments and sculptures that once stood here
  • According to the legend, Palatine Hill is where Romulus founded Rome (the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome)
  • This is where emperors and other ancient notabilities built their palaces
  • Today it is a quiet garden scattered with ancient ruins and shady spots to relax

What to do there:

  • Enter the Palatine Hill first on Via di San Gregorio entrance (the Palatine Hill ticket office)
  • Walk around the hill and discover the ancient ruins
  • Do not miss the great view to Circus Maximus, Roman Forum and the Colosseum
  • Walk towards the Roman Forum to see the remains of the center of the ancient world
  • Do not miss the highlights: the Temple of Vesta, the Arch of Titus, Via Sacra and the Arch of Septimius Severus
  • Exit the Forum towards Capitol Hill

Tips & Insights:

  • With a combined ticket you can see the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill
  • Carry a water bottle and refill it at the Forum's public drinking fountains
  • Wear comfy shoes
  • There are no dining facilities inside so plan accordingly
  • If you need a guide to tour the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill then choose a professional guide: Antiquatours, Rome Tour

Roman Forum and Palatine Hill features in these preplanned City Guides: