The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are located in the same archaeological area of Rome. After purchasing an entry ticket you can enter both of these sights as one admission. Located adjacent to each other – you can also walk freely between the two, but both have separate entrances. Truthfully though, we walked through both of these and were never quite sure when we passed from one into the other. We just strolled around, admiring the structures and ancient ruins.
Since the entrance ticket to these Roman ruins also gives you entrance to the Colosseum, we started here and saved the Colosseum for a grand finale! *All three attractions are in the same area and the entry ticket is valid for two days*
It is pretty amazing to walk around these ruins and think about the fact that the most ancient monuments date are from the first kings of Rome, dating back to the sixth century BC. The Roman Forum is a large area to cover with little shade, so take along plenty of fluids, sunblock, and mark sure to wear comfy shoes. How much time you spend here largely depends on the level of interest you have in the ruins before you. If you have a great interest in ancient Rome then it is possible that you will need most of the day at the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. There is very little in terms of information on the ground explaining what you are seeing in front of you. We merely walked around, exploring each area, read the signs that we came across, and consulted our Lonely Planet and the map that we were given when we purchases our entry tickets.
Below, ( Source of Image.) An AWESOME image showing the view of the Roman Forum from Palatine Hill with the Arco de Settimio Severo to the west (left) and the Colosseum to the east (right).
Due to time restrictions, we didn’t get to view as much of the Roman Forum as we would have liked to. The clouds were getting heavy, and the day was passing faster than we hoped it would. We wanted to be sure that we had enough time to explore the Colosseum before everything closed for the evening. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time amongst these ruins – and we highly recommend a visit for anyone interested in ancient Rome
Just as we had read in advance, the ticket kiosk at the Colosseum has the longest queue. We suggest you start and buy your ticket at the Palatine Hill entrance, like we did. The ticket gate for the Palatine Hill had no queue at all. It is located midway down the road “Via di San Gregorio” that runs from the Colosseum along the base of the Palatine Hill less than 5 minutes walk from the Colosseum. The entrance to the Roman Forum is a long way from the Colosseum, but there is an exit only gate right next to the Colosseum. It was there that we began our explorations of the Colosseum, and you can read about that HERE.
- The admission ticket covers all three monuments, The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
- Opening hours: 8.30 am until one hour before sunset.
- Many of the Hop On Hop Off sightseeing buses and tour buses board and drop between the Colosseum and the entrance to the Palatine Hill – VERY convenient!
- You can order tickets in advance and avoid the queues for which there is a small booking fees. Your tickets are e-mailed to you, so no delivery charges or lengthy delivery periods.