Rome – The Palatine Hill

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.

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The Imperial Palace – taken looking up from the Roman Forum (the tiny people up there are getting great photos of the Forum below)

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.

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Looking inside one of the houses on the Palatine Hill

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.

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Ruins on the Palatine Hill

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View of the Colosseum from the Palatine Hill

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.

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Photo of one of the pictures inside the museum, showing what the hill would have looked like

On the hill was also this area called the Stadium, which is thought to have been used to exercise horses or as a garden.

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Stadium on the Palatine Hill

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.

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Walking among the ruins towards the Circus Maximus

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Panorama view of the Circus Maximus from the Palatine Hill

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