The Forum was, for the Roman culture, the aggregation point par excellence: the market, the tribunal, the most important religious buildings were within it.
Every period had its forum, the Roman Forum was built in the republican age of Rome, but then it was enlarged in the Imperial age. The zone is quite large and the richness in materials can astonish the visitor who can admire lots of monuments, among which: Titus Arch, built in honour of the Roman conquest of Jerusalem in 70 A. D.; the Basilica of Maxentius, beautiful example of Roman engineering applied to the building of very largely spanned barrel vaults; the Temple of Antonio and Faustina, II century A. D., that emperor Antonio Pio erected in his wife’s honour; the Vestal House and Temple, where the Vestals kept the holy fire always alight; the Septimius Severus Arch built in a time of decadence of Roman art; the Holy Road, that goes to Capitoline Hill, and was run along by the army back from a victorious campaign.
Open every day from 8.30.
- Last Sunday of October to 15 February: last admission at 15.30 – exit at 16.30
- 16 February to 15 March: last admission at 16.00 – exit at 17.00
- 16 March to last Saturday of March: last admission at 16.30 – exit at 17.30
- Last Sunday of March to 31 August: last admission at 18.15 – exit at 19.15
- 1 September to 30 September: last admission at 18.00 – exit at 19.00
- 1 October to last Sunday of October: last admission at 17.30 – exit at 18.30
Closed 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
Reduced: € 7,50 for European Union citizens ages 18 to 25 and for European Union teachers.