Palatine Hill

Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, Rome


The Palatine Hill is the centremost of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. According to Roman mythology, the Palatine Hill was the location of the cave, known as the Lupercal, where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf Lupa that kept them alive. Rome has its origins on the Palatine. Excavations show that people have lived in the area since the 10th century BC. It stands 40 metres above the Roman Forum, looking down upon it on one side, and upon the Circus Maximus on the other. From the time of Augustus,imperial palaces were built here and hence it became the etymological origin of the word palace. From the start of the Empire Augustus built his palace there and the hill gradually became the exclusive domain of emperors; the ruins of the palaces can still be seen. Augustus also built a temple to Apollo here. The Palatine Hill was also the site of the ancient festival.

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Open Hours:

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    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Mon

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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  • Artem Aleksandrovich Kost

    - 01 September 2018 -

    A huge complex of Roman ruins. Tons of history in every corner. You can visit the Roman forum the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill with the same ticket. A great place to educate kids about the history of ancient Roma. Prepare yourselves for a walk in the ancient ruins of the Roman culture.

  • Aaron Bryson

    - 31 August 2018 -

    The most breathtaking views in Rome (if not the world). No words can express how absolutely stunning the views are from the top. Take the left trail to the top and you will not be dissapointed

  • Sho Chak

    - 28 July 2018 -

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND GUIDE because of the fact that you cannot tell what the ruins are. Definitely really good but it can get really hot outside.

  • Anas Alsayed

    - 27 July 2018 -

    It is one of the seven hills in Rome with a view over Roman Forum on one side and Circus Maximus on the other side. There are some historic ruins on the hill. There is also a big terrace with a beautiful scenery over the center of Rome.

  • Ellie McGrath

    - 16 July 2018 -

    At a loss for words to describe how amazing the Roman Forum & Palatino are! The pictures just don't do it justice - do not miss a chance to visit here! It was nearly overwhelming with all the amazing architecture, original ruins and amazing sites there were to see and feel part of here. Without a doubt the best place we visited in terms of history of Rome, it even blows the impressive Colosseum out of the water - you did get wonderful views of it from here also! It's incredible how big this actually is and all you can learn and see! If you're going on a summers day don't forget your water bottle - plenty of fountains to refill it throughout.

  • Mar Sotos

    - 14 July 2018 -

    Great walk to the top. Beautiful and romantic area. Amazing views of the city.

  • Amber Montgomery

    - 10 July 2018 -

    So so so much to explore here so bring your stamina and a refillable water bottle. Not necessary to have a guide but if you want to pay for one, they will probably make the trip more enjoyable. Amazing views of the city from the front and so much history all over the place. I lived in Jordan for a year and if you want to climb on Roman ruins, you should go there, but nothing beats the real deal of the Roman Roman ruins.

  • Richard Marton

    - 08 July 2018 -

    Don't miss the beginnings of Rome...and the view. You can see it as part of a guided tour which starts with the Colosseum, or separately on your own or guided tour, pick your choice. Not sure whether an audio guide for the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum is available. If yes, this will suffice. It is preferably to visit the place in the morning, as it is for most of the sites in Rome during the summer, due to the hot Mediterranean sun. Don't forget the water, hat/cap, sun protecting ointment/spray.

  • Franco Van Marrewijk

    - 20 June 2018 -

    Pasar sin fila por puertas secundarias. La entrada frente al coliseo tiene fila al sol de mínimo 30 minutos pero si van por alguna de las otras 2 entradas a la vuelta no hay nadie esperando entrar!! Get in with no line! Go around the main entry where everybody does the line, there's 2 other entries around the corner with no people at all

  • leeroy chaipa

    - 12 June 2018 -

    Great place for history. Fantastic place to visit, worth a look around I promise you wont be disappointed

  • Julia Kryvomaz

    - 15 September 2016 -

    Great views on the city and Forum! Amazing

  • Gaurav Bansal

    - 08 August 2016 -

    Amazing how much history took place in this small area.

  • Dafni - Δάφνη 💙

    - 16 June 2016 -

    Roma forumuna gittiğinizde bu meşhur tepeyi de görürsünüz. Çünkü tepe roma forumunun tam 40 metre üzerinde yer alır. Diğer bir özelliği de Roma forumuna tepeden baktığı gibi circus maximusa da bakar

  • Amit Gaharwar

    - 29 November 2015 -

    Some of best views of Rome especially the Colosseum and Roman Forum!!!

  • Zsóka

    - 26 October 2015 -

    Rabbits! Rabbits everywhere! :)

  • Madison

    - 29 August 2015 -

    Amazing views of the city & wonderful ruins to wander through! Worth stopping here first to pick up your combined ticket for the Colosseum as the queues there are absolutely ridiculous.

Palatine Hill tours

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Skip the Line Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour

Check out the top attractions of Ancient Rome—the Colosseum and the Roman Forum—with skip-the-line access on this 3.5-hour tour. With a guide, you'll take a complete tour of this legendary archaeological area, enjoy fast-track entry to the Colosseum, admire the Arch of Constantine, and climb up...

Skip the Line Private Tour: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Art History Walking Tour

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