Rome The Roman Forum

When visiting Rome, it’s impossible to miss the Roman Forum; one of the city’s most popular attractions and worthwhile to dedicate a small portion of your time to. This site, also known as the Forum Romanum, is the one place where you can find several historical landmarks all in the same area. Today it is the center of historical buildings such as basilicas, triumphal arches and temples, all dating back to different periods of time. Since 509 BC till the fall of the Roman Empire about 1000 years later, this Forum was Rome’s political and public life center, it was simply the heart of the city.

The best way to explore all these great Roman ruins, is by an imperial tour, which will take you in the forum and around it. For more information about the tour and the Roman Forum, check our video guides, and learn more about sites of interest in the historical forum of Rome and other landmarks in the area.

Exploring the Roman Forum in Rome

Visit the southern edge of the Forum, there you will see the Regia, which is the ancient former residence for kings and royal figures, built in the 8th century and was destroyed by fire and earthquake. Visit the 50 room-palace which was the residence of the Vestal Virgins, located next to the Temple of Vestal, famous for its circular footprint. You’ll notice that the entrance to the temple is facing east, this is not random! It’s a symbolic feature to emphasize the connection between the fire of Vesta and the sun. Visit the old Senate, on the north west side of the forum. Don’t miss the Basilica Julia, built by Julius Caesar, in front of the Basilica Sempronia. Another Basilica in the forum is the Basilica Amelia, also located on the north side, which featured 16 arches on the two sides of the building. Take a look on the Tabularium and walk through the 220 feet long corridor, and series of arches decorating. Since you’re already there, check the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus. This is one of the most visited temples in the Roman Forum in Rome!

You can see that the list of attractions in the Forum is long! So make sure you dedicate a day to explore the whole area, and other attractions around, such as the Colosseum, the Capitoline Museums, or the Palatine Hill.

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.

USD 70.65$

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.

If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.

USD 60.22$

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!

USD 382.19$

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.

Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.

USD 155.19$

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.

USD 149.63$