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Address: Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)
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ingresso al Foro Romano da Largo della Salara Vecchia, altezza di via dei Fori Imperiali di fronte via Cavour
Address: Via di San Gregorio, 30
Zone: Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)
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ingresso al Palatino
Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Nova, 53
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)
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Il varco di Tito può essere utilizzato solo per l'accesso, non per l'uscita


Telephone: Singoli: +39 06 399 67 700
Telephone: Gruppi: +39 06 399 67 450
Telephone: Scuole: +39 06 399 67 200

Opening times

08.30 - 16.30 from the last Sunday of October to February 15th
08.30 - 17.00 from February 16th to March 15th
08.30 - 17.30 from March 16th to last Saturday of March
08.30 - 19.15 from the last Sunday of March to August 31st 
08.30 - 19.00 from September 1st to September 30th 
08.30 - 18.30 from October 1st to last Saturday of October  

2 June: 1.30 - 7.15 pm;

Last admission 1 hour before closing time 

Closed: January 1, December 25

Access is not permitted to animals.

Casa delle Vestali, Tempio di Venere e Roma e Museo del Palatino: last admission 30minutes before closing time.

Please note: for security reasons it is strictly forbidden to enter with backpacks, camping, bulky bags and luggage/trolley.


Disabled people
• Largo della Salaria Vecchia n. 6 (lift available)
• Arco di Tito (lift available)
Accessible equipped toilet available. 


From June 29th one big archaeological path from the Imperial Forum to the Roman Forum (€ 16,00)

The ticket, which is valid for the Colosseum and the archaeological area of the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill, may be purchased at the ticket offices in Via di San Gregorio (Palatine), Largo Salara Vecchia - Former Largo Romolo e Remo  (Roman Forum), Piazza del Colosseo (Colosseum) or at the ticket offices of two museums: Palazzo Altemps and Terme di Diocleziano during their opening time (€ 2,00  booking fee).
The exits are located at the Arch of Titus and the Mamertino prison (closed both entrances and exits at S. Teodoro and at Capitoline hill).

PLEASE NOTEBooking for individual visitors is not required at the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill.

Inside the archaeological site (Roman Forum and Palatine), you can visit the following monuments:

- House of Augustus  
- House of Livia  
- Arcate Severiane
- Vigna Barberini (an artificial terrace in the northeastern corner of the Palatine) 
- Temple of Venus and Roma
- Gardens of Palatine: following the regular opening days and hours of the site.
- House of the Griffins: closed to the public 
- Hall of Isis
- Curia Iulia


Colosseum + Roman Forum/Palatine Hill Combined Ticket (valid for 2 days):
Full entrance fee € 12,00
Reduced entrance fee € 2,00 collected at the ticket desk
- EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old
PLEASE NOTE: the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are located in the same archaeological area and count as one admission, therefore if you use the ticket or Roma Pass to get in once, it cannot be used again for the same site/area. With the Roma Pass, Museo Palatino is not included.
Reduced entrance Roma Pass holders: € 7,50

Ticket Roman Forum-Palatine Super € 16,00
The ticket is valid one day and allows one entrance to the Roman Forum-Palatine.
It also allows the entry in special places:
Museo Palatino
Aula Isiaca - Loggia Mattei
Casa di Augusto
Casa di Livia
Tempio di Romolo
Santa Maria Antiqua
Domus Transitoria


Free admission:

- 3 March 2019 first Sunday of the month
- 5-10 March 2019 Settimana dei Musei
- 9 May 2019 
- 5 June 2019 
- 29 June 2019 S. Pietro e Paolo
- 23 September 2019 Dies natalis Augusti
- 4 October 2019
- 6 October 2019 first Sunday of the month
- 3 November 2019 first Sunday of the month
- 4 November 2019 
- 21 November 2019 
- 1 December 2019  first Sunday of the month
- 18 December 2019 
Further information: http://iovadoalmuseo.beniculturali.it/

- European and non-European people under 18
- Italian permanent teachers or with fix-term contract upon presentation of the suitable certification issued by the schools.

- tour guides from the European Union practising their professional activity;
- tour interpreters from the European Union practising their professional activity;
- employees of the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities ;
- members of ICOM (International Council of Museums);
- members of ICCROM (International organization for conservation of cultural heritage);
- teachers and students of Architecture, Conservation of Cultural Assets, Learning Sciences and degree courses in Literature with Archeology or Art-History subject areas in the universities and art academies and enrolled in the respective improving schools, Specialist Studies and PHD’s of the above-mentioned courses of EVERY member State of the European Union. The ticket is released to the students by showing a certificate of registration in the current academic year;
- Socrates and Erasmus students of the above-mentioned degree courses;
- Art-History teachers in High-schools;
- Students of the following schools: Central Institute of Restoration, Opificio delle Pietre Dure, School for Mosaic Restoration;
- Journalists enrolled in the national register and journalists coming from any other country, in the performance of their duties and upon presentation of a suitable document proving the professional activity carried out;
- People with disabilities and one family member or a helper belonging to the health and social assistance service;
- Volunteers who carry out promotion and dissemination activities of the Cultural Heritage, on the basis of the agreements concluded with the Ministry, according to art. 112, paragraph
​Project “Born with Culture” (agreement with a three-year validity: from 29/11/2018 to 29/11/2021): a cultural passport for every newborn, that allows free entrance to the Park to the child and the family (up to 2 accompanying persons) until the baby’s first birthday.


Any right to a reduction or to a free admission has to be proved by the ticketing staff.

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The Forum Romanum is situated in the valley between the Palatine Hill and the Capitol and consists of an almost trapezoid-shaped square that stands between the Regia and the Rostra on the short sides and the Basilica Aemilia and the Basilica Julia on the long ones. An extension of the northern part is represented by the Comitium. The squarewas conceived as a place for commercial exchanges and political and judicial activities, situated in a point where important roads (Via Sacra, Vicus Tuscus, Vicus Iugarius, Clivus Capitolinus, and Argiletum) converged. Originally the zone was partly marshy and used as a cemetery starting from about the tenth century BC, as testified by tombs discovered in 1902 in the burial ground. Ruins of huts and ceramic material found next to the archaic burial ground lead to think that dwelling places were disseminated there already in the second half of the eighth century. The most ancient monuments of sacred character, attributed by tradition to the first kings of Rome, date back to the second half of the sixth century BC. The temple of Saturn and the temple of the Dioscuri were built at the beginning of the Republic (509 BC). The first tribune for speakers situated between the Forum and the Comitium probably dates back to the fifth century BC. Four basilicas intended for the administration of justice and the conduction of business were built in the second century BC. The Forum was submitted to further changes under Caesar and later Augustus. The travertine floor that is still visible dates back to the Augustan Age. Many honorary monuments were erected in the area of the Forum in the Imperial Age; the last of which is the column dedicated in 608 AD to emperor Foca. The Forum was then abandoned and filled in by a thick layer 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.
Arch of Titus - This arch was erected in 81 AD by emperor Domitian in memory ofhis brother Titus to celebrate his victories against the Judaeans. Decorated with Greek marble slabs, the monument has a single opening flanked by four semicolumns with capitals.
Basilica of Maxentius - This basilica was built between 306 and 312 AD by emperor Maxentius and completed by emperor Justinian. Originally five wide passageways led to a huge hall consisting of a nave and two aisles separated by marble columns. The only column that survived was removed in 1613 and placed in front of the Basilica of St. Mary Major. In the apsis of the central nave Constantine erected a gigantic statue of himself with arms, legs and head made of white marble and the rest of gilded bronze. The head and one foot are exposed in the Capitoline Museums.
Temple of Venus and Rome - This temple was built in 135 AD by emperor Hadrian who probably also designed it and then completed by emperor Antoninus Pius. Rich in columns, it occupied an area of 330 by 480 feet and enclosed two cells that were rebuilt by Maxentius in 310 AD after a fire.
Balnea - This is a complex of small thermae situated near the Temple of Heliogabalus and Vigna Barberini, just off Via Sacra.
Temple so-called of Romolus - This building was once considered a temple dedicated to the memory of Romolus, the son of emperor Maxentius who died very young in 309 AD and was deified by his father. Today it is indicated as theTemple of Jupiter Stator.
Temple of Antoninus and Faustina - This temple was built in 141 AD by Antoninus Pius in honor of his dead wife Faustina and after the death of the emperor itwas dedicated also to his memory. It stands on a high podium preceded by stands (rebuilt with bricks) at the center of which are the ruins of the altar. The atrium consists of ten marble columns. The cell was consecrated as the Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda in the eleventh century.
Temple of Caesar (of of Divine Julius) - This temple was built by emperor Augustus in the place where Julius Caesar’s body was burned and where Marcus Antonius pronounced his famous funeral oration. Only a few ruins remain, including a round altar that was probably built in the place where the funeral pire was arranged.
Regia - Attributed by tradition to king Numa Pompilius and probably a residence of the Tarquinii. In the Republican Age the Rex Sacrorum, the Pontifex Maximus and the other Priests performed their duties here. The Regia was destroyed by a fire in 64 AD and rebuilt on its original design in 36 AD by Domitius Calvus to demonstrate its sacredness.
Round Temple of Vesta - This building was built as the "hut of the sacred fire " probably with wood, straw and wickers and reconstructed in 191 AD by Julia Domna, wife of emperor Septimius Severus. It had a circular plant and was covered by a roof with a hole on the top to let out the smoke of the sacred fire. It was encircled by twenty columns, three of which remain today. Here were kept the sacred objects bound with the fortunes of Rome, which by tradition Aeneas had brought from Troy.
Temple of the Castores (or Dioscuri) - Dedicated to the cult of Castor and Pollux, this temple was inaugurated in 484 AD and restored several times. The facade faced the Forum and the temple consisted of nineteen columns (three of which remain today). In this building where the Senate once met, weights and measurements were controlled. Bankers, exchangers and barbers had shops at the foot of the podium, among the plinths of the columns.
Basilica Julia - This basilica was built by Julius Caesar in 54 BC on the site of the Basilica Sempronia after its destruction and then dedicated to him. It was completed later by emperor Augustus. It was rebuilt after a fire in the year 2 BC and restored for the last time in 416 AD. The Basilica consisted of a two-story building with a nave and four aisles and a huge central hall. It hosted the four sections of the Roman Court of Assizes held by 105 judges, called the Centumviri.
Santa Maria Antiqua and the Domitian Buildings - This complex constitutes the link between the Forum and the Palatine Hill. It consists of a huge hall of Domitian’s Age, “tabernae” of Hadrian’s Age and another uncovered square room from which three entrances lead to a hall formed by a central room with a quadriportico and three rooms behind it. This last part was transformed into the church of Santa Maria Antiqua in the sixth century AD.
Horrea Agrippiana - This work is dated back to the Augustan Age and consists of a square two-story monumental tuff building with wide rooms that face a huge courtyard with porticoes and other smaller rooms. It was built by Agrippa to beused as storerooms (horrea), as commemorated by an inscription that can still be seen in one of the central rooms.
Basilica Aemilia - This is the only Republican Basilica to survive. It was built in 179 BC by the censors Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Marcus Fulvius Nobilior. It was initially called Fulvia or Fulvia Aemilia and was restored several times by members of the Aemilia Gens, from which it took its definitive name. The facade consisted of a two-story portico with sixteen arches on pillars with semicolumns. Behind the portico were the shops, from which three arched entrances (the one that is complete is of the modern age) led to a majestic hall divided in naves by marble columns. The plaster cast of a tract of the frieze that decorated the trabeation with scenes of the legendary origin of Rome is placed next to the outer wall. The ruins of the more ancient Basilica are still visible on the western side.
Curia - By tradition this building was founded by king Tullius Ostilius and rebuilt in 80 BC by Silla. It was moved from its original site to its current position by Caesar. It was completed by Augustus in 29 BC and restored by Domitian in 94 AD. It was last redone by Diocletian around 283 AD. The facade presents three large windows and a monumental door whose wings are a copy of the original ones moved in 1660 to the Basilica of St. John Lateran.
Arch of Septimius Severus - This arch was erected at the foot of the Capitol in 203 AD, on the tenth anniversary of the ascent of emperor Septimius Severus to the throne and dedicated by him to his son Caracalla. The two facades are encircled by a high attic (originally surmounted by a quadriga with the emperorand his son), inside which are four rooms that can be accessed through a staircase. On the two sides of the attic there is a large inscription with a dedication to Septimius Severus and Caracalla. Scenes of the two campaigns against the Partii are represented on the panels above the smaller arches.
Portico of the Consenting Gods - This building consists of eight rooms placed side by side and preceded by a portico with twelve columns and Corinthian capitals. The statues of the most important Gods of the Greek and Roman pantheon were probably situated in some of the rooms. The building dates back to the Flavian Age and was restored in 367 AD.
Rostra - The semicircular stands used as a tribune for the orators were decorated with the rostra, the bronzer ams removed from the ships after the victorious battle of Antium (338 BC). They were moved here from the area of the Comitium during the the demolitions made by Caesar and inaugurated in 44 BC, shortly before his death. The building today consists of part of the semicircular stands at the entrance, some ruins of the interior and the facade. On the northern side there is a brick addition that dates back to 470 AD.
Temple of Saturn - This temple was started around the end of the Royal Age and was inaugurated between 498 and 497 BC and entirely rebuilt in 42 BC. A forepart leaned on the front of the facade (all that remains is the threshold of the door that opened towards the Forum) where the State Public Treasure was kept.
Temple of Vespasianus and Titus - All that remains of this temple are three columns on the north-eastern side. The staircase leading to the entrance and part of the podium date back to the nineteenth century. Emperor Titus started the construction of the temple in honor of his father Vespasianus, but died before it was completed. His brother the emperor Domitian completed the works of the temple and dedicated it to Vespasianus and Titus.
Column of Foca - This is the last monument of the Forum Romanum. The column was dedicated in 608 AD to Nicephorus Foca, the Byzantine emperor who donated the Pantheon to Pope Boniface the Sixth. The Column is more ancient in origin (it dates back to the second century AD) and is surmounted by a Corinthian capital.
Via Sacra - This Via (Sacred Road) was the path followed by the victorious leader (dux) through the Forum towards the Capitol. It was called Sacra because according to the legend it was covered by Romolus and Titus Tatius after entering the pact of alliance at the end of the war between the Romans and the Sabines. Solemn religious ceremonies with sacrifices were held there every month.

PALATINO - According to a tradition confirmed by the discovery of the bottom of huts that date back to the 8th century BC, Romulus founded the city of Rome on the Palatine Hill (754-753 BC). The archeological data actually leads to believe that thehill was stably occupied from the 13th century BC. Due to its historical and religious importance the Palatine Hill became the place of residence of the Roman Managerial Class already from the 6th century BC. The most significant ruins of republican houses are the so-called Aula Isiaca and the “Casa dei Grifi” (Houseof Snouts) with stuccoes and painted walls. The look of the Palatine Hill changed significantly when the Emperor Octavianus Augustus that was born there chose to live there. All of the emperors that succeeded him chose the hill astheir residence. Therefor the palaces of Tiberius (Domus Tiberiana), Nero(Domus Transitoria and part of the Domus Aurea), the Flavians (Domus Flavia and Domus Augustana) and Septimius Severus (Domus Severiana) were built there. At the end of the imperial age the entire hill was occupied by a single large“reggia” (king’s palace) called Palatium after the name of the hill. The term was then used first to designate the palace par excellence, the Emperor’s Palace, and then any monumental residence. In the 16th century on the initiative of the Cardinal Alessandro Farnese a grand villa (Orti Farnesiani) was built on the Domus Tiberiana. The villa was almost completely destroyed later. Systematic excavations were started in the 18th century in the area and are still in progress today. Part of the findings are visible to the public in the Museo Palatino (Palatine Museum).


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