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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    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

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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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  • Willian Corrêa

    - 18 May 2018 -

    It's interesting and you can learn a lot. I think it should have more information and storic facts with plaques. I had a tour guide to not miss anything.


    - 30 April 2018 -

    This was a stop on our guided tour. A great view of Rome from the top. A lot of history in the area.

  • kobos 550

    - 07 April 2018 -

    Well you can't say you went to Rome and not go to the palatine Hill and the roman forum. Beware though. The line is enormous and especially during hot days waiting can be unbearable. There are other entrances (like the one near the vittoriano) to the roman forum and from there you can get to the palatine Hill. Bring with you some water because you'll definitely need it. Once you're there the view is great and there are a lot of things to see.

  • gavin heath

    - 15 March 2018 -

    I had a tour guide called Stan from Canada he was brilliant. If I didn’t have Stan I wouldn’t know what I was looking at. He gave me an understanding of the importance of the hill. Worth a look even if you don’t know anything about it.

  • Michelle Louise

    - 10 March 2018 -

    Worth the visit if you like history, views and just sightseeing. Wear comfortable shoes and if you've just ate half your body weight in food and Ice cream I wish you the best of Luck!

  • Juliana Marin

    - 03 March 2018 -

    This place was part of our tour with City Wonders. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable of the history behind the place. He took the time to explain, gave us time to rest and drink water, and made sure we all were following him at all times. The view from the hill is beautiful. Since the walkways are all rocks, you have to be very careful, or you can ruin your vacations with a twisted ankle. I would definitely recommend to visit this place with a guide, otherwise, you would not find the place as interesting. My daughters are 11 and 14, so I was worried they were not going to enjoy the tour, but they did. Even with the heat of July. Also, if you are visiting in the summer, don’t forget to bring a bottle of water, which you are going to be able to refill inside, sunscreen, and a hat or umbrella.

  • David Hawn

    - 28 January 2018 -

    Fantastic place to burn off calories between meals in Rome! If you're lucky, you'll see some cats hanging around too :-)

  • Martin Petro

    - 05 January 2018 -

    One of the most beautiful places in Rome full of history and legends! Absolutely loved it!

  • Cemir Gatpo

    - 29 December 2017 -

    Long lines and inefficient ticketing system. Buying online will still let you pass through another long line to get a validated ticket. Getting inside will require another line for security checks. Be warned. You will need a great deal of patience. Just a very bad system.

  • sommerkind sewing

    - 07 November 2017 -

    Absolutely worth the visit, I'd recommend it over the forum if you have limited time. One warning: audio guide numbers and the numbers on the printed map don't correspond. That had us confused for a bit. Also, picking up the audio guide at booth 6 (hard to find) was a hassle.

  • 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.

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