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Palatine Hill

See where one of the world’s greatest empires is said to have begun and view the ruins of grand palaces, luxury residences and charming gardens.

One of Rome’s famed seven hills, Palatine Hill is the supposed site of Rome’s founding by Romulus and was once home to the ancient elite of the Roman Empire. Today, it holds a fascinating collection of Roman ruins. Check out the remains of once-magnificent ancient residences and palaces as you explore this evocative site.

Examine the remnants of the Stadio, part of the old imperial complex. Used by the emperors for private sports and events, this rectangular stadium is comprised of an oval-shaped playing area surrounded by high walls.

Adjacent to the stadium is the Arcate Severiane, a line of wide stone arches built to facilitate development of the imperial complex.

Stop off at the Museo Palatino to inspect a selection of ancient relics and pass by Domus Flavia, the area used for state meetings in Ancient Roman times. Stroll around the grassy courtyard here, which still holds the base of a carved octagonal fountain. A throne room and a long banquet hall would once have surrounded it.

Don’t miss the homes of Augustus and his wife Livia, just northwest of the Domus Flavia. These are two of the best-preserved buildings on Palatine Hill and feature vibrant frescoes depicting mythological scenes and mystical landscapes.

While here, take a detour to the idyllic Farnese Gardens, located directly behind the Roman Forum. These 16th-century botanical gardens were built on the site of the 1st-century Palace of Tiberius and have been undergoing excavation for years. Climb to the twin Renaissance aviaries to enjoy fabulous views over the Roman Forum and across the city.

To get to Palatine Hill, take the metro to the Colosseo station or ride the bus to Via dei Fori Imperiali. Tickets for Palatine Hill include admission to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. The site is open daily. Check ahead as opening hours can vary.


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Fortyseven Hotel

Fortyseven Hotel

Via Luigi Petroselli 47, Rome
4.7
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Housed in a 1930s building one block from the River Tiber, this luxury Rome boutique hotel lies opposite the little Temple of Vesta from the second century BC, and 150 metres from Circus Maximus.

€138
Kolbe Hotel Rome

Kolbe Hotel Rome

Via di San Teodoro 48, Rome
4.4
of 5, from 946 reviews
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This city center, boutique hotel is housed in a historic former convent and is located by Rome's Forum and 1.5 kilometers from the Colosseum.

€102
Palazzo al Velabro - Serviced Apartment

Palazzo al Velabro - Serviced Apartment

Via Del Velabro 16, Rome
4.3
of 5, from 142 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Palatine Hill, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and Circus Maximus. Piazza Venezia and Vittorio Emanuele Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€77
Circo Massimo Exclusive Suite

Circo Massimo Exclusive Suite

Via dei cerchi 87, Rome
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Palatine Hill, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Circus Maximus and Colosseum. Baths of Caracalla and Piazza Venezia are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€86
San Teodoro al Palatino

San Teodoro al Palatino

via di San Teodoro, 28, Rome
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
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Located in Palatine Hill, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and Circus Maximus. Piazza Venezia and Vittorio Emanuele Monument are also within 15 minutes.

€95
Modern Colosseo Apartment - Center

Modern Colosseo Apartment - Center

210 Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Palatine Hill, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Colosseum and Roman Forum. Piazza Venezia and Vittorio Emanuele Monument are also within 15 minutes.

Elegant Apartment Behind The Colosseum

Elegant Apartment Behind The Colosseum

Via Dei Foraggi 83, Rome
3.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
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Located in Palatine Hill, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Circus Maximus, and Piazza Venezia. Vittorio Emanuele Monument and Roman Forum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€132
Hilton Rome Airport

Hilton Rome Airport

Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino
3.7
of 5, from 1,348 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is linked by the skywalk to a moving walkway to all the airport terminals; links to the train station and a free shuttle to the city centre.

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