The centremost of the Seven Hills of Rome, the Palatine Hill is often referred to as the nucleus of the Roman Empire. Situated 40 metres above the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill overlooks the ancient ruins on one side and the Circus Maximus on the other. Ruins of the ancient palaces located on Palatine Hill are still visible from different points in the city, making the hills a visually striking landmark in Rome. The Palatine is often overlooked in favor of its flashier neighbor, the Colosseum but you shouldn't miss out on this beautiful place if you want to truly experience everything Rome has to offer. The green haven is surprisingly peaceful and offers stunning panoramic views of Rome. You'll also get to witness the astounding ruins of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Capitoline Hill from the Palatine Hill. Palatine Hill is also fascinating because according to legends the history of Rome began at the hill with a tragic tale of fratricide.