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    The Roman Forum

    Forum Romain de Rome

    Le Forum Romain

    In italian : Foro Romano

    The Roman Forum was for centuries the main town square, around which ancient Rome developed.It was the place of trade, business, religious worship, politics, the site of city’s administration and justice systems, as well as of prostitution.

    It was around 600 BC, under the Etruscan king Tarquin the Elder, that the marshland there was drained to build the underlying paved Cloaca Massima sewage system, becoming the center of the city.

    The Forum was constantly crowded with lawyers, priests, litigants, and merchants.

    The Rostra platform is where politicians would address the people.

    Major public buildings were raised there, such as the Arch of Septimius Severus, whose bas-reliefs represent the victories of Rome on the eastern peoples. The Rostras decorated with prows of captured warships; public forums; the curia where the Roman Senate sat.

    The Via Sacra that crosses the Forum east-west is where victorious generals would parade on their way to give their thanks in the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus (Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus) on Capitol Hill.

    This path led through the main monuments such as the Temple of Saturn, Temple of Vesta and the Church of Saints Luke and Martin.

    The Roman Forum became the showcase of the power of the Roman Empire.

    In the first century BC, the site had become so overcrowded that Julius Caesar built another forum, that bears his name. Later, under the Empire, it was completed with the erection of others, such as the forums of Augustus and Trajan.

    The currently visible buildings are of different times.Over time, the oldest constructions became buried or were used as foundations for new buildings.


    Photo Gallery


    Informations, access et timetables

    Cumulative ticket Colosseum / Roman Forum and Palatine valid two days. Note: It is allowed only one entry for each site (one can not enter again after coming out)

    Full price € 12
    Reduced price € 7.50 for the inhabitants of the European Union between 18 and 24 years.
    Free for residents of the European Union under 18 and over 65, as well as other cases.
    Websites : tickets, official website of the archaeological park


    Opening time

    Open every day except 1st of January and 25th of December, from 8:30 to 1 hour before sunset (Except on Friday: 8:30 to 14, 2th of June 13:30 – 19:15)

    The ticket office closes one hour before.

    • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from 2th of January to 15th of February
    • 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from 16th of February to 15th of March
    • 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from 16th March to the last Saturday of March
    • 8:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. from the last Sunday of March until to the 31th of August
    • 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. from 1st of September to the 30th of September
    • 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from 1st of October to 24th of October
    • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from 25th October to 31th December




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