Quick Facts on the Roman Forum
- Short URL
- Foro Romano Roman Forum Roman Forum, Rome
- Via dei Fori Imperiali Rome, Lazio00186
- Main date(s)
- 5th C BCE-7th C CE
- 41.891955° N,
- Opening hours
- Oct 30-Feb 15: daily 8:30-4:30
Feb 16-Mar 15: daily 8:30-5
Mar 16-26: daily 8:30-5:30
Mar 27-Aug 31: daily 8:30-7:15
Sep: daily 8:30-7
Oct 1-29: daily 8:30-6:30
Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Closed on public holidays.
- Admission €9; ticket includes same-day admission to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill.
Description of the Roman Forum
The Roman Forum was first used as a market by Etruscan kings in the 6th century BCE. But the Forum became especially important during the Republican period, when many temples and public buildings were erected on the site. In the Imperial period, many emperors added more monuments and temples. Some of these were converted into churches after the establishment of Christianity in the 4th century, while others were dismantled. All buildings that were not converted to churches in the Roman Forum fell into disuse and ruin in the Middle Ages. The stone of the monuments was quarried for use elsewhere and the area was used as a cow pasture. Excavations of the ancient forum began in the 18th century and still continue today.Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
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