Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill which includes a city
See where one of the world’s greatest empires is said to have begun and view the ruins of grand palaces, luxury residences and charming gardens.

One of Rome’s famed seven hills, Palatine Hill is the supposed site of Rome’s founding by Romulus and was once home to the ancient elite of the Roman Empire. Today, it holds a fascinating collection of Roman ruins. Check out the remains of once-magnificent ancient residences and palaces as you explore this evocative site.

Examine the remnants of the Stadio, part of the old imperial complex. Used by the emperors for private sports and events, this rectangular stadium is comprised of an oval-shaped playing area surrounded by high walls.

Adjacent to the stadium is the Arcate Severiane, a line of wide stone arches built to facilitate development of the imperial complex.

Stop off at the Museo Palatino to inspect a selection of ancient relics and pass by Domus Flavia, the area used for state meetings in Ancient Roman times. Stroll around the grassy courtyard here, which still holds the base of a carved octagonal fountain. A throne room and a long banquet hall would once have surrounded it.

Don’t miss the homes of Augustus and his wife Livia, just northwest of the Domus Flavia. These are two of the best-preserved buildings on Palatine Hill and feature vibrant frescoes depicting mythological scenes and mystical landscapes.

While here, take a detour to the idyllic Farnese Gardens, located directly behind the Roman Forum. These 16th-century botanical gardens were built on the site of the 1st-century Palace of Tiberius and have been undergoing excavation for years. Climb to the twin Renaissance aviaries to enjoy fabulous views over the Roman Forum and across the city.

To get to Palatine Hill, take the metro to the Colosseo station or ride the bus to Via dei Fori Imperiali. Tickets for Palatine Hill include admission to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. The site is open daily. Check ahead as opening hours can vary.

Top 10 Hotels Near Palatine Hill

Hotel Sonya
Hotel Sonya
3 out of 5
Via del Viminale, 58, Rome, RM, 184
The price is RM268 per night from 12 Feb to 13 Feb
RM268
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12 Feb - 13 Feb
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4/5 Very Good! (1,017 reviews)
GREAT LOCATION….
"Great location.. quick walk to metro and main station and sites …. lots of restaurants near by .. cheap price for a hotel situated in the centre…. room was not so clean and the air conditioning was noisy so was the bathroom extractor fan …. rooms not well insulated so you can hear noises from other ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2023

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The Hive Hotel
The Hive Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Torino 6, Rome, Roma, 184
The price is RM406 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
RM406
per night
3 Feb - 4 Feb
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,044 reviews)
"Location was perfect and the staff were very friendly!"

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Hotel Quirinale
Hotel Quirinale
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale 7, Rome, RM, 184
The price is RM495 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb
RM495
per night
27 Feb - 28 Feb
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,054 reviews)
"Wonderful and beautifully preserved older building, high ceilings in the rooms and although old, the furniture and fittings have been well looked after through the years"

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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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Hotel Nazionale
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4 out of 5
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