Roman Forum, Rome, fascinating city break locationThe Roman Forum (Il Foro Romano) next to the Coliseum was the city metropolis of ancient Rome and lies in the valley that separates Palatine Hill with its ancient villas from the imposing Capitoline Hill and its temples. Once the warring leaders of the Capitoline and Palatine Hills made peace and found that the valley separating them provided a good meeting place, the marshy land was drained of stagnant water and developed, it is a fascinating place to visit while on your Rome city break.

The Roman Forum grew gradually over time and was re-organised several times by later Emperors. On a Rome city break, take a walking tour of this ancient political and commercial centre of Rome. Essentially it was the city’s meeting place, here you could buy and sell goods at the market, listen to political speeches or watch a triumphal procession by victorious military leaders.

Roman Forum, Rome city breakFrom early times the Forum had religious significance and is the site of many temples including the Temple of Vesta and the historic complex of the Vestal Virgins. In 500AD old temples began being converted into churches and parts of the Forum were dismantled and reused. Largely buried beneath debris, in the Middle Ages, the Forum was basically a field until excavation of the site began in the late 18th century. Today on your city break you can explore this amazing ancient place and imagine the sights, smells and voices of previous inhabitants.

Today these vast ruins are the home to countless columns, an old senate house and the still hugely impressive Triumphal Arch. Excavations are always taking place here and new discoveries are often displayed. There is a shrine to Caesar in the Forum to commemorate where his body was cremated and to this day people still come and lay flowers. Walking through the Roman Forum is certain to be one of the highlights of your Rome city break.

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Colosseum + Roman Forum + Palatine Hill Combined Ticket (valid for 2 days):
Adults:            € 12,00
Concessions:  € 7,50 (European citizens between 18 and 24 years of age)
Free Admission: European citizens under 18 and over 65 years of age

January 2 – February 15                              8.30 am – 4.30 pm;
February 16 to March 15                             8.30 am – 5.00 pm;
March 16 – last Saturday of March            8.30 am – 5.30 pm;
last Sunday of March- August 31               8.30 am – 7.15 pm;
September 1 to September 30                    8.30 am – 7.00 pm;
October 1 – last Saturday of October         8.30 am – 6.30 pm;
Last Sunday of October – December 31    8.30 am – 4.30 pm;

Last admission 1 hour before closing time.

Disabled Access

The Roman Forum is partially accessible to wheelchair users, there is a walkway from the Coliseum, once outside travel west along Via dei Fori Imperiali for about 200m and you will find the entrance to the Forum here. Across from the Forum entrance is the visitor centre which is accessible and then a steep hill to go down into the Forum. Because of the gaps between the old stones and ruins a manual wheelchair will find it difficult an electric scooter does far better. The alternative entrance to the Forum is from the Capitoline Museum. You get a good view down into the Forum and wheelchairs can go in as far as the Arch of Septimius Severus and before that the Church Santi Luca e Martina. There is an audio guide available for the Forum and adapted toilets near the visitor centre.

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