PALATINE HILL IN ROME: DISCOVER THE LEGENDS AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS OF ANCIENT ROME. EMPEROR PALACES AND TALES OF ROMULUS AND REMUS WAIT YOU!!
The Palatine is the most famous of Rome’s seven hills.
In Ancient Rome it was considered one of the most desirable neighborhood in the city, and was the home of aristocrats and emperors.The Palatine was desirable for a number of reasons – the mythical associations, the central location, the spectacular views of the city, the cooler temperatures in the summer, and the cleaner air.
The hill later became home to Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, as well as Tiberius and Domitian. These emperors are responsible for most of the impressive ruins we see today, including the Flavian Palace, the Stadium of Domitian, and the House of Augustus.
According to Roman historiography, the Palatine Hill was the place where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf who kept them alive nursing them in the "Cave of Lupercal", only recently localized. It is said that rather than have the twins, sons of the god Mars and Rhea Silvia, murdered, they were abandoned in the waters of the Tiber and rescued by Faustulus, a shepherd, who raised them together with his wife Acca Larentia. When Romulus, now an adult, decided to found a new city, he chose this site.
From the times of the republican era it became the seat of great shrines such as the Magna Mater, and the temples of Apollo and Venus. It also became the site of the most beautiful villas of Rome (belonging to the famous orator Cicero, and to the commander Mark Antony, friend of Julius Caesar), and in particular villas of the emperors.
It was Augustus who made the Palatine the official seat of power and began the construction of the imperial palaces, subsequently restored and enlarged by Nero, Domitian, Hadrian and Septimius Severus.
We will visit the House of Livia, wife of Augustus, and the House of Augustus himself; these places are full of historical significance, and the paintings which decorate the rooms are examples of the most refined and elegant art. The remains of the imperial palaces, such as the Domus Flavia or the Flavian palace, present various representational settings such as the Imperial Throne Room and the Reception Room, the triclinium for banquets, the palatine stadium intended for competitions and celebrations; hence we will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of the Circus Maximus, built perhaps in the II century BC and in use until the VI century, which accommodated up to 300,000 spectators.
The journey ends at the entrance to the Palace of the Caesars, the seat of the Palatine Museum where, among the remains of the monumental buildings of the Hill, artefacts of the tombs are displayed which belong to the Iron age as well as beautiful works of art from the Augustan complex and from the residences of the emperors.
For a fresh perspective on Rome and its history, there’s no better place than the Palatine.
PALATINO-Via di San Gregorio,30,with tickets(you book on line) and social card
The Palatine is next to the Roman Forum and Colosseum, and a ticket for one site includes admission to the other two, so it makes sense to visit at least two sites on the same day.
Tickets for the Palatine: €12 (include admission to the Colosseum and Roman Forum).
TICKET FOR THE PALATIN HILL
A – BOOK ONLINE — The simplest way to avoid the queues at the ticket desk is to buy your tickets in advance online http://www.coopculture.it/en/ticket_office.cfm
When you purchase your ticket, make sure to read the small print, as you may still need to visit the ticket desk, in order to have your order code scanned – you’ll then be given a specific time slot and ticket. Print your tickets at home, and bring them to the Palatine.
B – TICKET OFFICE — Don’t make the mistake of joining the queue for the ticket desk at the Colosseum. Although you can buy Palatine tickets at the Colosseum, we’d recommend the ticket desk at the Palatine, on Via di San Gregorio, or near the Roman Forum, in Largo Salaria Vecchia at the crossroad between Via dei Fori Imperiali and Via Cavour. The queues are much shorter.