I hadn’t really heard much about the Palatine Hill before we visited and didn’t expect there to be so much to see. Unfortunately, this meant we didn’t allow enough time to appreciate it. However, we still very much enjoyed our time there.
Firstly we climbed up behind the House of the Vestals in the Roman Forum to part of the palace complex shown above. The Flavian Palace, or Domus Flavia, gets its name due to being completed during the Flavian Dynasty (Emperors Vespasian, Titus and Domitian), but the Palatine Hill was also the home of other Roman Emperors, including Emperor Augustus and his wife Livia.
I don’t have much information on the Palatine Hill, as there really isn’t much signage up there. So unless you have a tour guide, book, or audio guide, you don’t really know what you’re looking at a lot of the time. Apart from that, it is quite a pretty walk among the ruins with lovely views.
There was a small museum situated up on the hill, which had some pictures of what the palace would have looked like in its day.
On the hill was also this area called the Stadium, which is thought to have been used to exercise horses or as a garden.
Walking further around the Palatine Hill, you come to a part of the palace that overlooks the Circus Maximus. The views were lovely in the sunset.