At the end of the Republican Age, when Rome had become the capital of a vast empire stretching from Gaul to Asia Minor, the old Roman Forum proved to be too cramped to efficiently serve as the city’s administrative and monumental centre, to be the very hub of public life.
In 54 B.C., Julius Caesar was the first to come up with another square, originally intended as merely a straightforward extension of the Republican Forum. Caesar’s Forum was followed by Augustus’, then the Transitional (built by the Emperor Domitian and inaugurated by the Emperor Nerva) and, finally, Trajan’s Forum, which is undoubtedly the grandest.
Together, the archaeological sites make up, from an urban standpoint, an organic complex renamed in the modern era the “Imperial Fora”, reaching from Capitol Hill (Campidoglio) to the foot of the Quirinale Hill. Between 1924 and 1932, the Imperial Fora resurfaced following the demolition of which had been over the centuries built on top so as to clear the way for today’s Via dei Fori Imperiali.
From 21 April 2015, the Imperial Fora have new lighting, conceived and created by the Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro and the architect Francesca Storaro.
Today, the archaeological area of the Imperial Fora can be visited, with the entrance in Piazza Santa Maria di Loreto, at the Trajan's Column. The route of the visit, following the walkway on the site, includes a part of the Trajan's Forum, passing under via dei Fori Imperiali along the cellars of the ancient houses of the Alessandrino Quarter, then crossing the Forum of Caesar and ending near the Forum of Nerva, from where you will exit on Via dei Fori Imperiali.
Onlinew purchase of tickets or call center 060608 is required (every day 9.00 - 19.00)
Contingent entry shifts by online purchasing or calling 060608.
MIC card owners and entitled to gratuity only by calling 060608.
Group reservation: http://www.museiincomuneroma.it/it/notizie/dal-3-giugno-i-gruppi-possono-prenotare-l-ingresso-nei-musei-civici
N.B. Before planning the visit, consult the notice for mandatory information to be followed for access. Use the Print @ Home to print the purchase receipt or ticket in digital mode to be presented to the access control, at the booked time, without going to the ticket office.
Free admission on the first Sunday of the month (by reservation at 060608) everyone is allowed
Entrance: Piazza Santa Maria di Loreto (Colonna Traiana)
08.30– 19.15: from the last Sunday of March to August 31st
08.30–19.00: from September the 1st to September 30th
08.30– 18.30: from October the 1st to the last Saturday of October
08.30– 16.30: from the last Sunday of October to December 31th
08.30– 16.30: from January the 2nd to February 15th
08.30– 17.00: from February 16th to March 15th
08.30– 17.30: from March 16th to the last Saturday of March