Rome Attractions – Roman Forum

roman forumThe Roman Forum is situated in the heart of Rome, between the Palatine Hill and the Capitoline Hill. The ancient Romans used to call it “Forum Magnum” or just the “Forum”.

The Roman Forum is a rectangular plaza surrounded by ruins of important ancient government buildings. It was originally a marketplace and a very important venue for several aspects of Roman public life. Among the important buildings surrounding the Forum, we have the royal residency the Regia as well as the Vestal Virgins complex, both rebuilt after the rise of imperial Rome. During the Reign of Constantine the Great, the Forum had a big expansion with the Basilica of Maxentius.

It was not the only forum in Rome: other fora were devoted to the commerce of wine (Forum Vinarium), pork (Forum Suarium), fish (Forum Piscarium) etc.

The Roman Forum has been an incredible source of inspiration for a wide number of artists. Canaletto and Turner are only some of the notable painters who were inspired by the Forum’s majestic appearance and historical fascination. That is why all tours of Rome cover at least a short visit to this wonder.

Public transport:

• “B” line Metro station Colosseo
• “A” line metro station Manzoni, then two stops of any tram that goes southwards, in the right direction
• Bus lines 60, 75, 85, 87, 271, 571, 175, 186, 810, 850, C3, and the electric minibus 117
• Tramway lines no 3.

Roman Forum admission fee:

Free

Opening hours:

Always