The Palatine Hill: a beautiful tale about the origins of Rome
The Palatine is the most famous of Rome’s seven hills
In Ancient Rome it was considered one of the most desirable neighbourhoods 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. It was Augustus who made the Palatine the official seat of power and began the construction of the imperial palaces.
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. 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 and it also became the site of the most beautiful villas of Rome, in particular, we are talking about the villas of the emperors.
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 that decorate these 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.
Meet your tour guide at: the entrance of the archaeological site, Via di San Gregorio 30, with your ticket already purchased. Time: 9:00 AM
Access to: the Palatine archaeological area and Museum
End of the tour at: outside Palatino
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
The price includes
Planning and guided tour
Licensed tour guide of Province of Rome