ROME, March 25 — For tourists and study-abroad students planning to visit the Roman Forum, the number one thing to bring is cash.
On March 10, the city began charging an entry fee to this ancient Roman neighborhood. Officials said the fee had been introduced for security purposes -- a fee will control of who goes in and will help diminish pick-pocketing and vandalism. The money charged would also go towards new excavations and restorations in the Forum and other locations.
The ticket is 11 euros for adults, 6.50 euros for European Union members between the ages of 18-24 and free for European Union members under age 18 and over 65. It is valid for two days and includes a visit to either the Colosseum or the nearby Imperial Forum on the Palatine Hill.