Roman Forum

View of Roman Forum from Capitoline Hill

What

  • Ruins of several buildings that were once the center of Rome

More Info

  • Supported by Roma Pass
  • Water Fountain inside the forum
  • Restrooms inside the forum (not sure whether they are free to use)
  • Map of the forum near the water fountain
  • No map of the Roman Forum will be provided to you at the entrance
  • Open every day from 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Plan to spend at least 2 hours

From Roma Termini, we took Metro B (towards Laurentina) that runs every so often and got off at the second stop, Colosseo. As soon as we walked out of the Metro station, the Roman Colosseum majestically stood in front of us. Al though we wanted to visit Colosseum towards the evening, we could not resist the urge to capture a few pictures in front of the Colosseum. Then with our map in our hands and using our broken Italian, we asked people around and found the way to the Roman Forum.

The Roman Forum is just a couple of blocks away from the Colosseum and while walking on the streets, we noticed a carved out plaque of the Rise and Fall of Rome!

Roman Forum, as seen from the street

The ruins seen on the left side of the street were a clear indication that we had reached our first destination in Rome, the Roman Forum. With our Roma Pass, we beat the lines and passed through a turnstile to enter the dilapidated Forum. The main entrance into the Forum is mid-way between the two ends of the Forum. I recommend walking to one end, the direction towards the Colosseum and starting your walking tour from there.

Temple of Antonius and Faustina
Roman Forum – Temple of Antonius and Faustina
Roman Forum – Temple of Antonius and Faustina

The ruins are not very well marked and you will not be given a hard copy of the map at the entrance. Ensure you get a map from elsewhere to guide you through every surviving structure inside the Forum. I used Rick Steve’s map as a guide, I did not find it to be accurate. His descriptions about each surviving structure were helpful, but the map itself was not!

While walking towards one end of the Forum, we saw a water fountain and immediately filled our water bottles. Close to that is a big map of the Roman Forum with all the structures clearly marked. We took a picture of the map and used that as a guide.

Arch of Septimius Severus
Temple of Castor and Pollux
House of the Vestal Virgins
House of the Vestal Virgins

Our plan was to finish the Roman Forum in one hour. But, the Forum itself is big and there were so many structures to see that it took us about 2 hours to get out of the Forum. Some of the popular ones are the Temple of Saturn, Arch of Septimius Severus, Temple of Vesta, Temple of Caesar, Forum Main Square, etc. A few of these structures are tall and absolutely breathtaking.

Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine

At the other end of the Forum, there are steps that took us to the Capitoline Hill. From here, we captured an aerial view of the Roman Forum and continued walking to our next destination.

View of Roman Forum from near Capitoline Hill
View of Roman Forum from near Capitoline Hill

Tips

  • Use the map near the water fountain to guide you through the plethora of structures in the Roman Forum
  • Start the walk from one end of the Roman Forum (near the Colosseum) and end the walk at the opposite end (near Capitoline Hill)
  • Take the stairs to the Capitoline Hill to see an aerial view of the Roman Forum


View Roman Forum – May 2013 in a larger map

Address

Via della Salaria Vecchia, 5/6 Rome, Italy
+39 06 0608

Getting To Roman Forum

Take Metro B (towards Laurentina) from Roma Termini to Colosseo. The Roman Forum is a short walk from the Colosseo metro station

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