Ancient rome dating
The main entrance gate for the Roman Forum is along the Via dei Fori Imperiali between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, near the Piazza Venezia end.There is an exit gate from the Roman Forum close to the Colosseum.The Roman Forum was home to some of the oldest and most important buildings in the ancient city – what you will see today is a mass of ruins, including shrines and temples, such as the House of the Vestal Virgins.The most ancient monuments at the Roman Forum are from the first kings of Rome, dating back to the sixth century BC.There are many guided tours of the Roman Forum to enhance your experience and understanding of this ancient site (there is little public information or exhibits you have access to with the standard ticket).There are also Roman Forum tours that include special access and experiences not available to the standard ticket holders such as the addition of the underground chambers at the Colosseum and even the chance to visit the Colosseum at night!
Within the Colosseum, there are parts you can only visit as part of a “special access” guided tour (see links below) for which the standard ticket has no validity.
From the Palatine Hill entrance, walking uphill exploring the Palatine Hill is more gradual than from the Roman Forum and has more shade.
After performing a circuit of the Palatine Hill you will get a great birds' eye view down onto the Roman Forum as you descend into it, getting a good initial orientation in the process.
Another thing to bear in mind is that there are no food outlets at the Roman Forum.
If you have, for example, spent the morning at the Colosseum and you go straight on to the Forum, be prepared to have a later lunch by the time you have walked round this ancient site.