Colle Palatino

The Ancient Romans’ Upmarket Neighbourhood

Must-Do's Rome Published on 19 September 2018

The Colle Palatino, or the Palatine Hill, is the centre of the old city in Rome. It used to be the home of emperors and aristocrats, who built deluxe palaces (hence the name) that still exist today. From of the top of the hill, one can also enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Circus Maximus and the Colosseum. In fact, the Colle Palatino sits right between the two!

Highlights at the Colle Palatino

The Colle Palatino is where it all began for the Ancient Roman civilisation. The first Emperor Augustus was born in the Palatine House, an aristocratic palace whose remains came to light during an excavation in 2006. It’s known today as the Domus Augusti (House of Augustus). What’s more, researchers recently found a decorated cave under the hill. Romans believed it to be the lair of the Capitoline Wolf, the mythological beast who breastfed the city’s founder Romulus.

Here’s a crash course on the birth of Rome!

Time to Explore: 1-2 hours.

Top Tips: The entrance to the Colle Palatino from within the Foro Romano (Roman Forum) is steep, and involves a bit of effort. If you’re looking for easier access, enter from Via di San Gregorio south of the Colosseo. It’s also strictly forbidden to enter with backpacks!

What’s Close? Musei Capitolini, Colosseo, Arch of Constantine, Foro Romano (Roman Forum), Circus Maximus, Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland), Colonna Traiana (Trajan’s Column).

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