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Visiting The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

It’s pretty much safe to say that if you are going to visit the Colosseum then you’ll also pay a visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill as it’s all included in your ticket. Whilst it’s clear that the Colosseum is the main attraction for most visitors, because of the epic stories and history involved, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill were actually the true birthplaces of Rome and both have their own stories to tell…

Roman Forum

Roman Forum Panoramic View

The Roman Forum, in my opinion, is a lot more fascinating then Palatine Hill purely because it has a lot more visually with many more stories to tell, including the Temple of Julius Caeser (which was built to honour Julius Caeser, although probably the most well known of the Roman Emperors today he certainly wasn’t the most loved Emperor and was actually more of a dictator), The Arch of Titus (which was part of the Jewish rebellion in 70AD), Romes Eternal Flame (which once burned and was entwined with the Vastal of the Virgins who privledges came with great sacrifices to keep the flame burning), The Seneate House (where many of the most important decision which effectd histroy were made) and alot more.

What I enjoyed about the Roman Forum is walking through the streets of what was Rome’s political, economic and religious centre of Ancient Rome.

Vestal Virgins were well respected in the Roman society and lived privileged lives compared to other Roman women. Their statues stand in the garden of the temple of the Atrium.

Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill along with the Roman Forum is one the most ancient parts of the city in Rome. Legend has it that the founding twins Remus and Romulus were discovered in a cave here being looked after by a She-Wolf. To be honest, very little remains of the twins today, however, Emperor Augustus Palace although not as it once was it once was, still remains and this has often been described as the first white house as it had a West Wing for public life and an East Wing so that the emperor could have a private life.

Palatine Hill is full of many ruins of Ancient Roman life and Royalty, some still very well preserved but one of the best parts of exploring what was once the centre of the Roman Empire and is one of the highest points in Rome and boasts an amazing skyline of modern-day Rome.

One of the many views from Palatine Hill showing modern-day Rome, in the distance Piazza Venezia can be seen

Tips for Visiting The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Tip 1: The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are included in the price of your ticket for the Colosseum, I would recommend going to the Colosseum early in the morning and then onto The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill or if you are opting to go later in the day do the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill before the Colosseum.

Tip 2: If you really want to learn about the history of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill join a small tour group or be sneaky and stand next to a tour group and listen in on what the guides have to say.

Tip 3: if you are getting an audio guide you have to pay in cash and leave ID (I wasn’t personally comfortable leaving my ID with anyone).

Tip 4: Ensure that you bring something to drink and something to eat with you because the only place to purchase something to drink or eat is on the Palatine Hill and it isn’t very well signposted.

Tip 5:  Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking.

Tip 6: Make sure that you bring a camera to capture the amazing views and there is also plenty of selfie opportunities.

Tip 7: Although the Rome Pass gives you a queue jump at the Colosseum it doesn’t give you access to jump the line to enter The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Tip 8: Bring an umbrella for hot days and rainy days as there is no shelter to take cover.

Tip 9: Visiting the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum will take up the whole day.

Tip 10: Purchase your ticket in advance to avoid queuing up for a ticket and wasting your day.

Court Yard of the Augustana Domus on Palatine Hill

Where is the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill and how to get there?

The Colosseum is directly opposite;

Address: Via Della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186

Public Transport:

  • Bus: Line 75, 81, 673, 175, 204
  • Tram Line 3
  • Metro B – “Colosseo”

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  • five little doves
    November 16, 2017

    Wow a real Roman forum! I have always dreamed of visiting Rome and seeing all of these ancient monuments, I have been fascinated with the Romans my whole life.

  • Adea
    November 16, 2017

    Personally, history is one of the most inriguing reasons for my travels. I’ve been planning to visit the colosseum for sure, this is a truly nice addition to that. Thank you for sharing!

  • Michael Satterfield
    November 17, 2017

    Great photos I haven’t been back to Rome since 2004 and I need to get back. Great tips too.

  • rachelonroute
    November 17, 2017

    I’ve not visited Rome/the Panatine myself before – but these sound like some fab tips for getting the most out of a visit. Thank you for sharing!

  • Ana Ojha
    November 17, 2017

    I didn’t know about The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill apart from the world-renowned Colosseum! Rome is on my ultimate bucket list and hopes to visit there soon!

  • I didn’t realize a ticket to see the Colosseum also included the other two attractions and that a whole day should be allowed to properly see all three. This is really good to know for planning a trip there together with the other great tips and lovely photos.

  • jhilmil
    November 18, 2017

    I visited Rome Last year and Roman Forum was one of the highlight of my Rome trip along with Colosseum. We had a great time understanding its history and architecture with the guide there.

  • Rahul Khurana
    November 18, 2017

    Beautiful photos and nice tips to keep in mind. I wonder why does every spot in Rome looks so gorgeous and worth clicking. Would love to visit it someday soon. 🙂

  • Vlad
    November 18, 2017

    Thank you for the tips. I’ve been planning a trip to Rome in February and your tips came on time! haha, also amazing photos!

  • Shell
    November 18, 2017

    I appreciate your tips so much for when we get to take our trip over there. I’ll feel better prepared with your information:)

  • Jess
    November 19, 2017

    Wow, your photos are beautiful! I can’t wait to visit someday!

  • sabrina barbrante
    November 19, 2017

    Tip 11. Print this post and take it with you! I’m Italian and I have visited these places several times and I wish I had this list with me

  • Fashion and Style Police
    November 19, 2017

    I have visited Milan earlier this year but not been to Rome yet. Would love to visit one day. Like the sound of it.

  • Cassandra Rose
    November 19, 2017

    The views on Palatine Hill are breathtaking. I’m obsessed with history and architecture and can’t imagine what it would be like to actually see it in person! I hope I can visit next year when I try to plan an EF college break trip.

  • David Elliott
    November 20, 2017

    I am with you. I think the Roman Forum would be much more fascinating. Not that you can’t get good views from the hill, but the historical nature of the forum would make me much more interested.

  • Hayden
    November 22, 2017

    Wow, you captured some amazing photos of this place! This looks like an amazing spot to visit one day!

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