A Guide To

THE PALATINE HILL

Everything You Need To Know

The Palatine Hill may be overshadowed by the fame of its next-door neighbour, the Colosseum, and overlooked by many tour companies in Rome, but you wouldn’t want to miss it. No visit to Rome is complete without a thorough exploration of the ancient city. This majestic hill towers over the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus, the ruins of its ancient palaces still visible from a distance were once the home of emperors and the site of temples, and was at the center of Rome’s most important myth – the legend of Romulus and Remus. You can’t understand Ancient Rome without understanding something of the Palatine and its remarkable history.
The Palatine is also something of a green haven. Wild flowers grow among the ruins, and you might spot a rabbit scampering across the hill. Come here for a picnic, or to seek shade beneath the trees in the Farnese Gardens. Even at the height of the tourist season, the Palatine is surprisingly peaceful, so it’s a good place to escape the crowds. And then there are the panoramic views – perhaps the best in Rome. On one side, you can admire the Circus Maximus from high up, and look across to the Aventine Hill on the other side of the valley. But the most spectacular views are on the other side, where you can see the labyrinthine ruins of the Roman Forum in their entirety, the Colosseum, and the Capitoline Hill. For a fresh perspective on Rome and its history, there’s no better place than the Palatine.
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