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“The oldest ruins in Rome”
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Monte Palatino
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Private Tour: Palatine Hill in Rome Including Domus Augustana
Ranked #85 of 1,967 things to do in Rome
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

The Palatine Hill is known as the place where Romulus and Remus founded Rome. The place is filled with old ruins and the entrance is combined with Collosseum and Roman Forum (12 Euros).

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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We bought the combined tickets from the Palatino which allowed us entry to the Palatino, Roman Forum and the Colosseum for €12 per person! The ticket is valid for 2 days as well so you can take your time, though we did all three in one day. We didn't bother paying extra for a guided tour as it is well signposted with information in Italian and English. Neither did we get an audio guide but you can for €5 extra if you wish.

The site is breathtaking and gives you an insight into the worlds most formidable empire. There are amazing photo opportunities and beautiful shaded spots to sit and rest and take everything in. Oh and be sure to stop buy the water fountain halfway through the site and fill up your water bottle, it's the most delicious and cold water you will ever taste! The Palatino is the place where you will most likely spend the most time out of all 3 sites so maybe take a picnic lunch.

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

The Palatine Hill is one of the Seven Hills of Rome. After visiting Colosseum, we went to this hill. It is about 40 meters above the Roman Forum seen down on one side of the hill. On the other side of the hill you can see Circus Maximus. On the Hill you see Ruins of the Domus Augustana; and part of the Imperial Palace complex overlooking the Circus Maximus. There is small museum also on the hill.
From this hill, we went down to see the Roman Forum. You must have good walking shoes to go around this large hill. Also must take water and some snacks. A guide will be very helpful, as you may not find enough and clear details at the ruins. Ticket cost of Euro 12 makes you also to see Roman Forum and nearby Colosseum.
Only people interested in history and those fond of seeing things around from a height should spend their time on this hill.

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Reviewed July 23, 2012

The Palatine Hill is fascinating. While it's a bit of a hike to get to the top of the hill, once you're on top, the walks are very easy and the ruins are worth a leisurely stroll. There aren't any concession stands on the property, so bring your own water. There are also few sitting areas, but there are many shady spots where you can relax. Many people were picknicking on these shady grassy areas when I visited. So if you are a non-athletic traveller or simply would like to take it easy, the Palatine Hill can accomodate that after you get to the top.

If you don't need a leisurely day and want to take-on the hill without breaks, you should be able to see everything in 1.5 hours. Just be sure to bring a map since the ticket office doesn't hand out any, at least not to me or anyone else that I saw. And the direction signs on the property simply are WRONG! They will point you to the Forum entrance and you will find yourself elsewhere, repeatedly. So, it's easy to get lost; however, if you come without a map, there are plenty of visual landmarks to guide you, chiefly being the stadium.

The stadium is a must see. Supposedly St. Sebastian was martyred at the stadium and there's a big bloom of beautiful purple flowers growing in the area, at least in May/June. Also a must-see is Livia's house where you can see a great deal of the villa's layout. At the end of the house, down the hill a little is a FANTASTIC view of Rome with the Temple of Hercules to your left and St. Peter's Dome straight ahead. This is one of the best photo-ops of the city. But the star attraction of the hill, to me, were the tunnels, called the Cryptoporticus. The Cryptoporticus is a series of tunnels that the emperors would use to get around the city without being seen or exposing themselves to the threat of crowds. Despite the safety purpose of the Cryptoporticus, in one of these tunnels, Emperor Caligula was assassinated. I was a little hesitant to walk through these tunnels--fear of the potential creepiness, cave-ins, and claustrophia, but the land around the tunnels has been dug up, so there's a reassuring blast of sunlight at the end of each tunnel. Also the tunnels are amazingly sturdy and preserved; you can even find some great ancient reliefs and carvings inside them. These are definitely worth seeing!

If you plan on seeing the Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Forum in one day, I'd advise that you visit in the order listed. After seeing the Colosseum, you'll exit behind the Arch of Constatine. Don't go back to the Via dei Fori Imperiali, which you'd likely take to access the Colosseum. Instead, take the road to the left of the Colosseum exit (Via San Gregorio) and go upwards to the lesser known entrance of the Palatine Hill. There should be either no line there or a very tiny one. When you are finished with the Palatine Hill, you can enter the Forum directly without reentering any lines outside. Go down the ankle-twisting original stone path carfeully! You'll be facing in the direction of the Colosseum on this path and enter the Forum by the Arch of Titus.

I booked my online reservations through OmniTicket before my trip: the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill three-in-one ticket. It cost 13.50 Euro per ticket for all three sites and no wait in line. There's no signs or separate entry area for the three-in-one ticket, so just go to the area designated for the Roma Pass, raise up your printed-out ticket, and the guards will let you in.

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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Awesome place along with the Forum, but I have to say I would have missed so much without the guide. This is the must see place in Rome along with the Colosseum and a Trip to the Vatican.

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