Visit Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Forum Romanum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum tickets, entrance gates and tours

The Roman Forum Rome

Visit independently: the Roman Forum


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The Roman Forum (Forum Romanum) and the Palatine Hill are located in the same archaeological area and count as one admission.


The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are adjacent to each other and you can walk freely between the two. Both the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill have separate entrances.

The entrance ticket also gives you entrance to the Colosseum next to both and is valid for two days covering all three attractions.


Like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum has fast track, skip the line tickets for peak periods when there can be long entry queues. Details of fast track tickets can be found on the links below.

There are many guided tours of the Roman Forum to enhance your experience and understanding of this ancient site (there is little public information or exhibits you have access to with the standard ticket).


There are also Roman Forum tours that include special access and experiences not available to the standard ticket holders such as the addition of the underground chambers at the Colosseum and even the chance to visit the Colosseum at night!


To get the most out of your visit to the Roman Forum this page looks at questions you might have, such as how much time you should budget, and which entrance ticket is appropriate for you, as well as discussing a range of tours.

Official opening hours & admission prices the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

The Roman Forum Rome

Ancient marketplace: the Roman Forum

The Roman Forum Entrance/Ticket Kiosk Rome

Ticket kiosk: Roman Forum entrance

Roman Forum - tickets and opening hours

The standard admission ticket covers all three monuments, The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.


Opening hours are from 8.30am to one hour before sunset, exact times are again on the link at the top of the page.


You can order tickets in advance and avoid the queues for which there is a small booking fee. Your tickets are e-mailed to you, so no delivery charges or lengthy delivery periods.


Within the Colosseum, there are parts you can only visit as part of a “special access” guided tour (see links below) for which the standard ticket has no validity.


Discounted rate for EU citizens aged between 18-25.


Free Entrance:
- Free entry on the first Sunday of the month (no reservation possible) – expect long queues

- Free for European and non-European people under 18
- Free for EU citizens over 65

- Free for people with disabilities and their companion, with valid medical documentation of the disability


Roman Forum and Colosseum - skip the line tickets

There are various grades of ‘skip the line’ option for the Roman Forum and Colosseum, the cheapest uses the same entrance as the general one, the more expensive options use an entirely different entrance.


Skip the Queue/ Fast Track tickets can be purchased in advance, currently €16. Your tickets are e-mailed to you, so no delivery charges or lengthy delivery periods. However, do be prepared that this has become an increasingly popular option and you will still have a shorter queue to get through, to go through security.


Roman Forum Temple Vesta

Vestal Virgins: Temple of Vesta

Roman Forum - what is it?

A walk around the Roman Forum is to glimpse into the founding of the ancient Roman Empire – from marshland the Romans drained the area and turned it into a centre of political and social activity. The Forum was the marketplace of Rome, and later a gathering space for triumphal processions, criminal trials and gladiatorial matches.


The Roman Forum was home to some of the oldest and most important buildings in the ancient city – what you will see today is a mass of ruins, including shrines and temples, such as the House of the Vestal Virgins. The most ancient monuments at the Roman Forum are from the first kings of Rome, dating back to the sixth century BC.


The Forum was then abandoned some time in the Middle Ages, and over time, buried under layers of earth, becoming a pasture known as Campus Vaccinus. Some temples were transformed into churches, allowing their preservation in the course of time.


During the Renaissance the area of the Forum Romanum was used as a marble and stone quarry. However, it was not until 1898 that excavations began to be carried out, revealing what we see today.


Roman Forum - entrances and recommended route

The main entrance gate for the Roman Forum is along the Via dei Fori Imperiali between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, near the Piazza Venezia end. There is an exit gate from the Roman Forum close to the Colosseum. You cannot enter the Roman Forum at the gate nearest the Colosseum, this gate is just an exit.


The natural flow of a visit is to exit the Roman Forum at the Colosseum end of the site. You cannot enter or re-enter at this gate though. There are also exits at the Capitoline Hill end of the site, but again no entrance. The Palatine Hill towering above you is also linked both ways to the Roman Forum.

Relative location of entrance gates of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Map: entrances Roman Forum

The ticket kiosk at the Colosseum has by far the longest queues; we suggest you start and buy your ticket at the Palatine Hill entrance.

The ticket gate for the Palatine Hill often has no queues at all and is midway down the road Via di San Gregorio that runs from the Colosseum along the base of the Palatine Hill less than 5 minutes' walk from the Colosseum. Many of the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses and tour buses board and drop between the Colosseum and the entrance to the Palatine Hill.

From the Palatine Hill entrance, walking uphill exploring the Palatine Hill is more gradual than from the Roman Forum and has more shade. After performing a circuit of the Palatine Hill you will get a great birds' eye view down onto the Roman Forum as you descend into it, getting a good initial orientation in the process.


The entrance of the Roman Forum is a long way from the Colosseum, but there is an exit only gate right next to the Colosseum.

The Roman Forum is a large area to cover with little shade, so do bring along plenty of fluids.


Another thing to bear in mind is that there are no food outlets at the Roman Forum. If you have, for example, spent the morning at the Colosseum and you go straight on to the Forum, be prepared to have a later lunch by the time you have walked round this ancient site.

Time needed to visit the Roman Forum

Most people allow a half day to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with the Colosseum visit making up the other half, in the morning or afternoon.


Your ticket allows you to see all three over two days (re-entry is not permitted) so you could take a more leisurely look at any or all of these in this time.

Roman Forum visitor book and giftshop

Gifts: Roman Forum bookshop


The time you will spend in the Roman Forum largely depends on the level of interest you have in the ruins before you. There is very little in terms of information on the ground explaining what you are seeing in front of you. It is best to either hire a guide, or audio tour device or good guide book to bring the place alive and understand its different uses and histories.


Note: If you have a pre-booked ticket you cannot get an audio guide from the Palatine Hill entrance – you have to walk down to the Roman Forum entrance (3 on the map).


At peak times there is also normally a queue to return your audio guide, in addition to hiring one. You also need to leave a form of ID at the counter – for example a Driver’s Licence; you cannot hire one without doing this.


Hiring a guide is usually a more efficient use of time and you will see the highlights more quickly, usually seeing all three sites within three hours.


Colosseum & Roman Forum Walking Tour Prices

Colosseum tours with access to underground chambers

Experience the full glory of Rome's Colosseum on a walking tour with skip-the-line entry with access to parts of the Colosseum not open to those using standard admission tickets.

Accompanied by an expert guide who is passionate about Roman history, you'll gain rare access to areas of the Colosseum that are newly opened or normally off-limits. Enjoy private viewing of the Colosseum's underground chambers, arena and upper level.

Colosseum Underground Chambers By Night Tour
Colosseum Underground Chambers Walking Tour
Colosseum Underground Chambers By Night Tour

Walking tour covering the Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

Taking a walking tour with an expert guide with headphones provided and fast track entrance tickets provided is an efficient and cost effective way of covering the Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum in one morning.

Walking Tour Covering The Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

Other Colosseum & Roman Forum guided tours

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