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Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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According to ancient tradition, it was on the  Palatine  hill that the first settlement of Rome was made by Romulus in the mid eighth century B.C. Excavations have revealed huts and tombs from the Iron Age and, recently, an ancient fortification. The Palatine was also the  place of important cults as, for example, that of Magna Mater (Cybeles). Between the second and first centuries B.C. it became a residential quarter for the Roman aristocracy. The House of Griffins, famous for its frescoes, was built in this period. The Emperor Augustus made the Palatine his official power-center and initiated a building program which saw the construction of imperial palaces, and the restructuring and enlargement of various existing buildings. The museum is located at the top of the hill  where, among the artworks collected from the hill site, various artefacts of the Iron Age tombs and decorations from the imperial buildings are exhibited. The most stunning of these works of art are the decorative frescoes of the hall of Isis. The Roman Forum was the monumental main square of ancient Rome. Around the center, reached by the Via Sacra, were the most important public and religious buildings in the city. Currently you can visit the remains of the Forum with the ruins of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the Emilian Basilica, the Curia, the Temple of Vesta, the Altar of Cesar, the Arch of Titus, the Arch of  Septimius Severus and more.

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Security Safety Alert

Please note that for safety reasons the Coliseum can accommodate up to 3.000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors .

For security reasons all visitors and their luggage shall be screened. To facilitate the security checks please insert any object (including mobile phone) in the bag/backpack or in the tray to be included in the X-ray.

How to reach the site

Roman ForumLargo della Salara Vecchia 5/6
Palatine Hill: Via di San Gregorio 30

Metro: Line B stop Colosseo
Bus: n. 75, 81, 673, 175, 204; Tram 30

Services and Accessibility

educational tours for groups
educational tours for schools
audio guides
video guides
accessible site

Difficult access for movement disabilities.

Elevator for people with disabilities at Palitine Museum.



  • Ticket office of the Arch of Titus

The access gate Arco di Tito will be open again from 11th of March. This is just an access, not an exit.


  • Safety alert

Due to new security measures it is necessary to arrive at least 30 minutes before the reservation at the ticket desk.

It is confirmed the prohibition of bringing backpacks , camping , bulky bags and luggage / trolley, can be introduced medium and small size backpacks to shoulder, which must be checked, as any other bag, with metal detectors, opened and visually inspected by the Urbe Security Institute, responsible for the entrance inspection.


  • Admission free on the first Sunday of the month

Each first Sunday of the month free admission for all visitors to the site during the ordinary opening time.    



Info and Reservation

+39 06 399 67 700

Roman Forum and Palatine Hill



Ticket Office

Combined ticket Colosseum, Forum and Palatine, valid for one entry in the two sites for 2 days.

Purchase your ticket

Buy ticket onlineOn-Line
Call Center
  • +39 06 399 67 700
    Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
    Saturday from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm


Admission ticket

Full: € 12.00

Reduced: € 7.50

European Union members between 18 and 25 years old

    • citizens aged between 18 and 25 years old of the european union under the law 28.09.1999 n. 275, and subsequent amendments through ministerial letters.
      (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, spain, Hungary, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland)
    • European Union state teachers;


Others Free Condition
    • 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);
    • reserved school groups from European Union schools, accompanied by one teacher every 10 students;
    • teachers and students of faculties of Architecture, Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, Education Sciences, and degree courses in the Arts, or in literary subjects with a specialisation in archaeology or art history, in Humanities faculties of Universities from the European Union; 
    • students enrolled in these specialisations of faculties of Architecture, Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, Education Sciences, and of degree courses in the Arts, or in literary subjects with a - specialisation in archaeology or art history, in Humanities faculties of Universities and doctorate students in the aforementioned disciplines;
    • Socrates and Erasmus students of the aforementioned disciplines;
    • teachers and students of Fine Arts Academies from the European Union;
    • teachers of Art History in Upper Secondary Schools;
    • students of the following schools: Istituto Centrale del Restauro, Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Scuola per il Restauro del Mosaico;
    • journalists in the italian national register or any other journalist from a foreign country, only for work porpouses and according to a valid document proving the given professionalism;
    • disabled persons and a companion from the European Union;
    • members of volunteer work associations of the Cultural Heritage;


Archeologia Card Adults € 23,00; Reduced € 13,00

Ticket and Admission Presale

  • Ticket on line € 2.00
    Ticket print@home € 2.00


Roman Forum and Palatine Hill



Get ready for the visit

Didactic tours

    • timetable: on request 
    • language: english, italian, french, german, spanish
    • participants: 30 persons
    • duration: 1 hour
    • price: € 130.00
    • reservation: required. Call center +39 06 399 67 700

Audio guides

  • italiano, inglese, francese, spagnolo, tedesco, giapponese, russo, cinese, arabo
  • 2 h
  • € 5

Video guides

  • inglese, italiano, spagnolo, tedesco, francese, russo e portoghese del Brasile.


Roman Forum and Palatine Hill





08.30 - 16.30

from the last Sunday of October to 15 February: last admission at 15.30, exit at 16.30

08.30 - 17.00

from the 16 of February to 15 of March: last admission at 16.00, exit at 17.00 

08.30 - 17.30

from the 16 of March to last Saturday of March: last admission at 16.30, exit at 17.30 

08.30 - 19.15

from the last Sunday of March to 31 of August: last admission at 18.15, exit at 19.15

08.30 - 19.00

from 1 of September to 30 of September: last admission at 18.00, exit at 19.00

08.30 - 18.30

From 1 to 24 October last admission at 5.30 pm with exit at 6.30 pm  

09.00 - 15.00

Good Friday 8:30 am - 2 pm, June 2 1:30 pm - 7:15 pm


Casa delle Vestali, Tempio di Venere e Roma e Museo del Palatino close 30 minutes before the archaeological area.

Closure: 1 January , 25 December.