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The cradle of rome

This is surely the most famous hill in Rome and where the city's first inhabitants settled more than a thousand years before Christ. In fact, it's known as the birthplace of Rome. According to legend, in 750 BC, Romulus and Remus founded the "Roma Quadrata." Legend also states that it was in the Palatine Cave where the she-wolf, Lupercal, famously suckled the twin founders of Rome.

Today, you can see countless remains of imposing buildings built during ancient times. Although the whole complex is impressive, these are some of the places that deserve special attention:

- Flavian Palace: The Domus Flavia is splendid palace was built in the year 81BC by the emperor Domitian as an official and public residence. Today, you can still see some parts of the extensive palace.

- Villa of Livia: This modest-looking house was built in the 1st century BC and is one of the best-preserved buildings on Palatine Hill. You can still see traces of the mosaics and frescoes that once livened the ceilings and walls.

- House of Augustus: Built as the private residence of Caesar Augustus, the two-storey home still retains much of its gorgeous and colorful frescoes.

- Farnese Gardens: These were built in the 16th century on the ruins of the Palace of Tiberius and were one of Europe's first botanical gardens.

- Hippodrome of Domitian: This features the same structure as a Roman circus, but it isn't known whether stadium was actually designed for sport or simply as a garden.

- The Palatine Museum: This small museum shows different artifacts discovered on Palatine Hill. It contains sculptures, frescoes, mosaics and other objects from the heyday of ancient Rome.
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Open-air museum

On Palatine Hill in Rome, the palace of Severus is connected to the Hippodrome of Domitian.
This is a structure that looks like a Roman Circus and bears the Greek name for arean, but appears to be too small for chariot races.

You could describe it better as a Greek-style arena built for foot races. That's my guess at least...its real function is still a source of debate. One thing for sure is that they used it for sports events in the times of Severus, but it was probably originally built as a garden. According to the guide from the Sopraintendenza Archeologica di Roma, the majority of the statues from the Palatine Museum come from the Hippodrome.
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One of my favorite places in rome

Palatine Hill is a complex of beautiful ruins and homes in very different states of conservation. In fact, it's hard to make out the identity of some of them. If you go in a purely ruin-seeing mindset, the forum, hill, and museum together can get a bit heavy-going. I’d suggest taking a break and just enjoying the charm of the place. Personally, I enjoyed it more when I put aside the audio guide and followed my intuition to the places that seemed most evocative. It's a painter and photographer's paradise. The layout of the ruins has an indescribable vibe what can only be sensed and not described by data, dates, and artistic styles. It's one of my favorite places in Rome and I'd love to go back.
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Palatine Hill Phone Number
0639967700
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Via di San Gregorio
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