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Roman Forum, Rome

Historic Site · Landmark
Dating to the 7th century BC when it originally developed as a marketplace, Roman Forum today presents a remarkably well-preserved picture of what became the social, political, and commercial heart of the Roman Empire. Set off along one of the paths to encounter remnants of temples, basilicas, and government buildings. Crane your neck to take in the eight soaring columns of the Temple of Saturn, marvel at the magnificent white marble Arch of Septimius Severus--a victory arch standing 23 m (75.5 ft) high, 25 m (82 ft) wide, and 11.85 m (38.9) deep--and amble past the Curia Julia to witness where the Roman Senate conducted affairs of the state. To see as much of the expansive collection of ancient artifacts and to put them in rich context, consider hiring a guide or joining a tour of the site. Our Rome trip planning tool makes visiting Roman Forum and other Rome attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Forum Romano was one part of our guided tour and it was really interesting especially for our son, who is a true history lover. We spent there about 4 hours and looks like next time we'll reserve...  more »
  • Another must-see place in Rome. For the first time I'd recommend to take audio guide or a guided-tour, I am sure it will be even more interesting, especially if you travel with kids.  more »
  • The combo tour ticket with the Colosseum and guided tour allowed us to see more details of the ancient Roman landscape. This visit only added to the experience. The guide was very knowledgeable and...  more »
  • Definitely worth a visit! Almost didn't go as my feet were so tired after touring the Colosseum but so glad I did. I can see how a guided tour would be nice as I didn't really know what I was looking at but it was still incredible wandering around looking at the ruins. The view from Palatine hill is also spectacular. The second entrance a short walk down the road from the Colosseum (rather than the one opposite it) had no queue to enter as well if you are rushed for time/don't want to wait in a queue.
  • If you need to read a review about the Roman Forum to see if it’s worth going then you should go. You will not be disappointed, unless you don’t like historical places. I only wish I could’ve seen it at its zenith with all the marble columns and gardens. Do yourself a favor and buy a ticket for the Forum, Palatine Hill, and Colosseum. You can split them up over two days if you like. They are all worth a visit.
  • We went to the Forum straight after visiting the Colosseum and it was amazing, much bigger than I thought it would be. So much of the original architecture is still intact and really well presented, and there is a great view over the rooftops of Rome and the Colosseum if you walk up to the top viewpoints. There seemed to be a lot of wildlife here too like birds and rabbits which was nice. Definitely recommend if you are interested in history/architecture and are visiting Rome
  • Right after finishing from the Colosseum, we went to the Roman Forum. It was absolutely beautiful. The history behind everything is mind blowing. What a privilege to be able to witness it. And the Palatine Hill was also amazing! Great views!
  • I could spend every day for the rest of my life walking through the Roman Forum, and be at peace and surrounded by history. This is an absolute must-see while in Rome, and I highly recommend getting the audio tour instead of doing a tour with a guide. The audio tour is good, and they have tons of signs to read around the Forum. This way you can go at your own pace, see what you want to see, and not have to rely on the tour guide. The Roman Forum also has a spectacular view of the Colosseum, where you can get your pictures without having tourists in them. It also leads to Palatine Hill, which has gorgeous views overlooking Rome.

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