Visiting The Palatine Hill
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.
What To See At Palatine Hill
The Stadium of Domitian
Located north of Campus Martius, the Stadium of Domitian was constructed to host athletic contests back in AD 86. Also known as the Circus Agonalis, the stadium was Rome's first permanent venue for competitive athletics. While most of the stadium has disappeared over time, there's still plenty left to make your visit to the landmark worthwhile!
The House of Augustus
During your trip to Palatine Hill, the House of Augustus is the first major site you'll come across. Identified as the place of residence of the emperor Augustus, the landmark features a complex of structures located around the Temple of Apollo Palatinus. The House of Augustus was excavated in the 1960s and was restored extensively by the World Monuments Fund and opened to the public in 2008.
House of Livia
Located near the Temple of Magna Mater, the House of Livia was believed to be the residence of Augustus's third wife Livia. Located at the western end of the Palatine Hill, the historic landmark is renowned for its beautiful frescoes.
The Palatine Museum houses a valuable collection of finds from the Palatine Hill with artifacts dating all the way back to the Middle Palaeolithic era. You'll find exhibits between the first and fourth centuries AD offering a fascinating peek at the center of the Roman Empire.