The Moon over the Roman Forum

An evocative lighting system illuminates the route of the Via Sacra - between the Campidoglio and the Arch of Titus.

Overview

After the extraordinary success of the Colosseum night openings, we are glad to propose the night tour of the Roman Forum, available every Friday and Saturday from May 5 to October 28, from 8:15pm to midnight.

An evocative lighting system will allow us to admire up close along the route of the Via Sacra - between the Campidoglio and the Arch of Titus - the prestigious remains of the most important public and religious buildings of what was once the monumental center of ancient Rome.

Times:

English: 8:30pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm and 10:45pm

Italian: 8:15pm, 9pm, 10pm

Duration: 75 minutes

Maximum 25 persons

IMPORTANT: You MUST show up at the Roman Forum ticket office at least 15 minutes before the start of the visit. Otherwise, the reservation will be forfeited and ticket office will be free to resell tickets.

PLEASE NOTICE: Confirmed time is not always the same time you requested; museum automatically confirms the closest available time on the same date if requested time is sold out. Tickets will be confirmed upon availability of museum. Please note time confirmed can be ANY TIME during night opening hours, in the same language of time originally requested.

Cancellation Policy: ONCE CONFIRMED, A VISIT CANNOT BE MODIFIED NOR CANCELED.

The Moon Over the Roman Forum

Your nighttime route through ancient Rome starts from the Basilica Emilia, founded in 179 BC. The Basilica's original function was to host all the activities of the Forum during the cold season in an indoor space. The lights on this area perfectly punctuate the sequence of columns dividing the space of the Basilica.

From here, you'll proceed to the impressive Curia Iulia, the seat of the Roman Senate. You'll be able to see the interior, where you'll discover the beautiful opus sectile marble floor (inlay technique perfected by the Romans) from the Diocletian era (third century AD), as well as the remains of Byzantine paintings, evidence of the transformation of the hall into a church (21m/68.9' high).

Coming out from the Curia, you will come upon the Arch of Septimius Severus, with three arches, built in 203 AD, giving your guide the opportunity to tell you about the triumphal ceremonies in Roman times.

You will then proceed along Via Sacra to go back to the Arch of Titus, along the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, erected in 141 AD and recently freed from scaffolding. The exquisite restoration work has revealed the full magnificence of the six major columns, each of them 17m/55' high.

The tour ends at the impressive podium of the Temple of Venus and Rome, inaugurated in 141 AD by the successor of the emperor Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and erected where the vestibule area of the Domus (Roman town house) was previously located.

From here you can enjoy an incomparable view of the Colosseum and Rome by night.

Cancellation Policy

Once the visit is confirmed, you can not cancel or modify.

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