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A sprawling mass of ruins, the Roman Forum (Fori Imperiali) was once the center of ancient Rome, with temples, courts, markets, and government buildings in full swing until the 4th century AD. While all that remains today is an array of ancient columns and arches, the forum is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, and excavations occur to this day. Aside from a lesson in Roman history, visitors can get a great view of the Eternal City from the overlooking Palatine and Capitoline hills.

The Basics
The site is most often visited on three-hour tours that combine a visit to the ancient city with a Colosseum tour. Whether you choose a private tour or small-group tour, it's wise to visit with an expert guide who can help you navigate the large space and bring the ruins to life with true stories of gladiators, Roman emperors, and Julius Caesar. After your visit, check out the adjacent ruins at Circus Maximus or pay a visit to the Capitoline Museums to see the display of classical Roman empire sculptures.
  • Most tour options include hotel pickup and dropoff.
  • Standard admission tickets to the Roman Forum include entry to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill.
  • Don’t waste time in line—skip-the-line entry is available for both the Roman Forum and the Colosseum.
  • Staying in Florence but want to see Rome? Book a day trip with round-trip transportation by high-speed train, also available from Milan and Naples.

How To Get to the Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is located in the area between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum in the southeastern end of Rome’s historical center. You can get there by metro and bus from most central hotels. The closest metro stop is Colosseo.

When to Get There
As the Roman Forum shares an admission ticket with the Colosseum, it stays consistently busy throughout the day and often has long lines. Choose a walking tour with priority access to jump the queue and maximize your time.

Discovering the Roman Forum Ruins
Inside the archaeological area, stick to the Forum’s main thoroughfare, Via Sacra, to pass by important ruins such as the Julia Curia and the house of the Vestal Virgins. Some of the forum’s most impressive ruins include the white marble arch of Settimio Severo, the first-century Arch of Titus, and the remains of the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine. If you can’t get enough of ancient Rome, there’s plenty more history just outside the city with day trips available to Pompeii and the Appian Way.
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Address: Largo Romolo e Remo, Rome 00186, Italy
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Hours: Summer: 8:30am–7:15pm, Winter: 8:30am–4:30pm. Closed Dec 25 & Jan 1
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Admission: Full: 12 euros; EU Citizens 18-25: 7.50 euros; online reservation fee: 2 euros
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Self-Guided Priority Access Colosseum Ticket and Free Self-Guided Vatican Quest

The Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill are among the most popular sites of interest in Rome, and entrance queues can be long. With your skip-the-line ticket — valid for two days from first use — avoid the queues and visit the sites at your leisure. See where brave gladiators fought at the Colosseum, imagine huge political gatherings at the Forum, and admire panoramic city views from the top of Palatine Hill.
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Ancient Rome Colosseum Underground with Arena Floor Access & Roman Forum Tour

On this Colosseum underground tour, you can experience this historic Rome icon to the fullest with access to areas that are typically closed to the public—the underground chambers and the arena floor. After skipping the main entrance line, explore the Colosseum with an informative guide, who shares stories about life in Ancient Rome. You’ll have the rare chance to walk through the tunnels, stand where gladiators stood and enjoy a panoramic view. Then visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to complete your tour of Rome’s top ancient sites.
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Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour

See the secrets of the Colosseum on this small-group tour that takes you into the amphitheater’s underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll skip the Colosseum’s long entrance line with priority admission, heading straight inside to see where wild animals were once held and stand where gladiators once stood. Then explore Palatine Hill and the ruins of the Roman Forum. Limited to just six people, this tour provides a more intimate experience.
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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Skip the entrance line at the Colosseum so you won’t waste any time getting inside to marvel at this Roman icon. On this walking tour of Ancient Rome, you’ll explore the amphitheater’s first and second levels with a guide, who entertains you with tales of gruesome gladiator battles. Then visit the Roman Forum to see its ancient ruins like the Temple of Julius Caesar. This tour is limited to 25 people. If you want to enhance your experience, upgrade to a tour of the Colosseum’s restricted underground chambers, arena and upper tier.
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Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour

Go back in time to the days of ancient Rome on this walking tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. With a knowledgeable guide, avoid the entrance queue at the Colosseum with skip-the-line admission, and go inside to explore the amphitheater and hear stories about gladiators and Roman emperors. Then head to Palatine Hill for a view of Circus Maximus, and see the ruins of the Roman Forum. This tour is limited to 18 people.
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Gladiator's Arena and Colosseum Underground Tour

Descend into the limited-access underground area of the Colosseum on this 4-hour walking tour of Ancient Rome sights. With an expert guide, you'll see the rooms and cages where gladiators and beasts waited their turns to fight in the arena, look into the underground chambers, and walking on the fighting stage, another section of the amphitheater that is typically closed to regular tours. Outside the Colosseum, you'll also visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
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VIP Caesar’s Palace with Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Leave the crowds behind in the Roman Forum and explore the Caesar’s Palace. With a full Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill Tour included, this experience is the most thrilling and unique way to see one of the world’s greatest historical sights.Emperor Augustus is one of the most important figures in the history of Western Civilization but for years his amazing palace was closed to the public and its interiors kept a closely guarded secret. We will take you inside the intimate living quarters of this father of the Roman empire to view beautiful frescoes miraculously preserved for nearly 2,000 years.
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Rome Super Saver: Colosseum and Ancient Rome with Best of Rome Afternoon Walking Tour

Combine two of the bestselling tours in Rome into one comprehensive sightseeing experience with this Rome Super Saver. You’ll start at the Colosseum for a skip-the-line tour of this ancient amphitheater, followed by a look at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Then spend the afternoon on a walking tour of Rome’s historical center to visit famous landmarks like the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. This tour is limited to 25 people.
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Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

The Colosseum and the Roman Forum are two landmarks rarely left off any Rome itinerary, but visitors can spend more time queuing outside than exploring inside. This private 3-hour tour offers skip-the-line access to both, plus a view of the city from Capitoline Hill. Hotel pickup is included.
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Private Underground Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum, Palatine Hill

Join an expert guide for a half-day private tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, and explore ancient Roman history at your own pace. Skip-the-line admission means you’ll walk straight into each site, with access to the upper tier of the Colosseum, the arena, and the underground area where gladiators prepared for battle. This 3-hour Colosseum and Roman Forum tour includes all admission fees, with both morning and afternoon departures available.
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Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

Tour the amphitheater and other sites of Ancient Rome under the atmospheric cover of darkness during this 2.5-hour evening tour. Learn about the ruins of the Roman Forum seen from the Piazza del Campidoglio, and enter the Colosseum after the daytime crowds have disappeared and the temperature has dropped. Visit the arena’s underground chambers, which are closed to most of the public, and stand where gladiators once stood  centuries ago. This tour is limited to 25 people.
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Gladiator Gate and Arena Floor Special Access Colosseum Tour

Get a gladiator’s eye-view of the Colosseum, then explore the Roman Forum on a 3-hour walking tour of Ancient Rome. With a skip-the-line ticket, you’ll avoid the long entrance lines and access the arena via the Gladiator’s Gate. Stand where gladiators once fought, hear tales of ruthless crowds and emperors, then explore the Colosseum’s first level with your guide. Finish with a tour of Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, with stories that bring the ruins to life.
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Skip-the-Line Colosseum Underground, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

Go underground with this Colosseum tour, and explore the gladiator chambers and arena floor, which are often off-limits to the general public and standard tours. After you skip the main entrance line to enter, you'll descend to the lower levels to hear stories about life as a gladiator in Ancient Rome. Finish up with a walk around the ruined monuments of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill as you learn more about the emperors and senators of the ancient city.
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Best of Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican and Ancient Rome

Check off the must-sees of Rome and Vatican City with this all-in-one pass that can be used over two day. Allowing you to visit the sights at your own pace, the prebooked sightseeing voucher includes skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the papal tombs. Just make one booking, and then use your pass to visit the landmarks at your leisure. An audio guide is also included.
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Rome Segway Tour

Explore the landmarks of Ancient Rome on a Segway tour with an experienced guide. On your own electric Segway, you’ll cruise by major Rome attractions like the Roman Forum, Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Learn about the Eternal City’s 2,000-year-old ruins while you zoom along the streets, and stop by the Mouth of Truth, Rome’s legendary ‘lie detector.’ Limited to just eight people, this tour provides a small-group experience.
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour

Avoid the long entrance lines at the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with this skip-the-line tour of the sights in Ancient Rome. With a guide, you'll head into the Colosseum to walk in the footsteps of gladiators, emperors, and plebeians as tales of the brutal games ring in your ears. Stroll amid the ruins of the Roman Forum, then discover layers of Roman history on Palatine Hill.
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Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Private Tour

Go back 2,000 years to the time when Rome ruled a huge swath of the planet and the center of entertainment was the Colosseum. This guided walking tour not only offers entertaining and intriguing historical tales and details while strolling around the Colosseum and Roman Forum but also gets you skip-the-line-access. That's right: breeze right past that long line and explore the awe-inspiring Colosseum. Go from the Colosseum to the Forum to Palatine Hill and ending at the Circus Maximus.
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Explore Ancient Rome - Ultimate Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Your vacation time is valuable and finite.  Make the most of it with a skip-the-line tour at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Upon arrival, cruise past the ticket line and travel back in time to ancient Rome. With a maximum group size of 25 people, you have ample opportunity to ask questions and interact with your guide.  Hear the narration clearly through complimentary headsets.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Elite Tour

Don't waste time waiting in lines. Instead, this guided walking tour of Rome's Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill gives you VIP skip-the-line access. Breeze right past that long queue at the Colosseum and learn from the guide about the long and bloody history of this structure, one of the most recognizable in the world. Learn about daily life up on Palatine Hill and stroll through the Roman Forum, discovering the House of the Vestals , the various temples, the Senate House, the Sacred Way and the Triumph Arches.
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Skip the Line: Family-Friendly Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour

Not sure if the Colosseum is for kids? They’ll love it on this skip-the-line tour specially designed for children from 7 to 12 years old. With a child-specialist guide, you’ll explore the sites of Ancient Rome with your kids in an interactive way that includes visual aids, role playing and games. Plus, avoid the Colosseum’s main entrance line with fast-track admission. You’ll also visit the Roman Forum and see ancient landmarks like Trajan’s Column. This walking tour is limited to 25 people.
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Small-Group Tour of Ancient Rome

Discover the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on a 3-hour walking tour of Ancient Rome. In a small group of between 15 and 25 people, you’ll visit the historic amphitheater with a skip-the-line ticket to bypass the long general entrance line. Learn about the gladiatorial battles that took place inside the arena, then head outside for a walk around Palatine Hill and the ruins of the Roman Forum.
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Colosseum Skip the line tickets with digital audioguide

As one of the most iconic monuments in Rome, the Colosseum boasts seemingly unavoidable long lines and wait times. With this skip-the-line ticket option, you can get inside the ancient amphitheater quickly. Valid for two consecutive days, the ticket offers access to the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. The accompanying digital audio guide features a map of the city with activities, in addition to information about the attractions.
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Colosseum Small Group Tour with entrance from the Arena

Follow in the footsteps of ancient gladiators on this immersive tour of the Colosseum and beyond. Choose from multiple daily departure times, and meet your guide just around the corner from the landmark. Venture in through the gladiator’s gate, and explore areas of the Colosseum that many visitors miss, including the arena floor. Next, continue your explorations when you visit the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, learning more about the city’s wealth of history as you go.
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Private Half-Day Tour of Rome with Chauffeur

See the best that Rome has to offer on a 4-hour private tour of the city. Discover the highlights of the ‘Eternal City’ such as the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and much more. Listen to informative commentary from your driver/guide about the history of the 2000-year old city as you drive past the monuments.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Rome: Full-Day Tour From Civitavecchia Port

When your cruise ship pulls into the Civitavecchia Port, take a private day trip into Rome to see its top sights in the comfort of a private vehicle. During the 7-hour tour of the Eternal City, check out the ancient remains of the Roman Forum and Colosseum, the architecture of St Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain, and the views from Palatine and Capitoline hills.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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