Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
About
The commercial, political and religious center of ancient Rome, which features the Arch of Septimus Severus, Temple of Saturn, Arch of Titus and the House of the Vestals.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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from C$52.59
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Campitelli
How to get there
  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 7 min walk
  • Colosseo • 7 min walk
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  • midway42
    Georgia3,116 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relative serenity above the surrounding chaos.
    One of the original seven hills inside the 4th century BC Servian Wall, Palatine Hill is the original nucleus of this craziness we call Roman Civilization. Like the Roman Forum, it contains structures spanning centuries and in this case blurs the line between myth and verified history; the Huts of Romulus being an example of the former and the House of Augustus (probably) being an example of the latter. The Farnese Gardens bookend the modern era and were built in the 16th century for the eponymous Cardinal. It was the most desirable address during the turn of the millennium and is definitely one of the most visited sites in the city today. I visited the area twice during my week in the city, once solo and then again as part of a private walking tour organized by the Hotel Eden. On both occasions I saw most of the main structures within an hour, including the aforementioned House of Augustus, atmospheric garden of the Palace of Domitian, and memorable Domus Flavia. In summary, this was a welcome respite from the other busier sites on the Ancient Roman itinerary. While it suffers from requiring the same imagination as the Forum, the structures seem to be a bit more preserved/restored, and just based on location I could see why this was a preferred domestic setting for the nobility and elites. It's an overall worthy visit and one that stands alone from the more popular and crowded Forum and Colosseum.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Kenneth E
    Erwin, Tennessee520 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    FNtastic views
    Visit the colosseum first, then head over to palatine hill. We spent an hour and a half in there and the Roman forum, and didn't see it all. The ticket gives you 24hr to see them, so just be aware you could easily spend over 2 to 3 hours if you want to see it all. It's not too steep a climb up the hill. Can take several different routes.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Family5GetAway
    St. John's, Canada295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited the Palatine Hill, Roman Forum & Colosseum - fantastic experience!
    We visited this as part of our Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill 24 hour combo ticket. It is unbelievable how intact the ruins remain. It was amazing to see. The Palatine Hill area was much less crowded than the other areas and offered beautiful views. There is a lot of signage, but some of it in this area is very worn and hard to read. You can download the app promoted by their website which provides a map and history of the individual ruins (it also shows the location of bathrooms and water fountains) in advance if you like reading the background of what you are seeing. We spent 3.5 hours between the Forum and Palatine Hill, but could have spent even longer if our schedule allowed. Highly recommend that you wear comfortable footwear when touring here as the terrain can be rough and uphill in places.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 18, 2023
  • George S
    Miami Beach, Florida1,107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glory of Ancient Rome
    Adjacent to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill represents the glories and wonders of Ancient Rome. You can also get a nice geographical view of that history from it. As with the Forum, the Colosseum entrance ticket serves as the admission to the Palatine Hill.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Allow some time and eat before you arrive
    This place is shockingly large. You can easily spend 3-5 hours here but there is nothing inside but vending machines (that are not always working) so make sure you have had some food if you are planning to try to see the whole site. The entire site is history before you. Most of the park is ruins of former buildings but the sheer size of what remains is astonishing. Just the history that happened here is hard to imagine. You can enjoy much of the building materials that have been removed from here in the middle centuries by going to see St. Peter’s Basilica. They’re not gone, just elsewhere. Whether you’re planning a guided tour or not, you can really spend almost an entire day at the Colosseum and within this park.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Jeff L
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Stop On our Tour!
    Our Colosseum VIP Gladiators access with Arena and Ancient Rome Small Group Tour included a visit to Palatine Hill. Our guide was awesome about sharing the history and stories of the place. It was well worth the investment.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Andres72423
    Bridgeport, Connecticut2,931 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rome skyline
    Wow! It is a bit of a trek to get here especially after a tour of the Colosseum but it is worth the effort. You get a view of the Rome skyline from here. It is beautiful. You walk through a garden and are able to sit in some shaded area to get some rest. But the best part of this site is to catch a view of all of Rome. A perfect way to end our stay in what is a grand city. Rome is magnificent!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 27, 2023
  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, United Kingdom6,854 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Commanding Views of Ancient Rome
    We booked skip the line self guided tour tickets which in my opinion are the best as tour group queues are long. My images are from above and near by Palatine Hill, where you are afforded magnificent views of the Roman Forum and the surrounding city. An early visit is recommended although I noticed people were starting to form a queue at 7.30am, although I did not know if this queue was to buy tickets or for pre-purchased tickets. There is security to the entrance of the Forum and glass bottles are not allowed, so please dispose of them before entering the site.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Sarah L
    London, United Kingdom3,067 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good views of the Roman Forum
    Unless you're a history buff, you probably won't take in everything here. There are great views of the Roman Forum. We visited during a tour of the Colosseum. As it's open air, you won't find it as claustrophobic as the Colosseum.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Kim D
    Norwich, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the nicest sites in Rome
    Quieter than the Forum and more green. Palatine Hill had lots of ruins to see and a nice setting, with lots of shade and drinking fountains. There was also toilet facilities and vending machines that sold cold drinks. Fantastic views over the city, with vistas out over Circus Maximus, the Forum, and the Colessium. Very worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria21,022 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Friends
In the last 10 years I think I have visited the Palatine Hill 4 times and there was always something new to see that I had previously missed. Here was the center of the Roman Empire (along with the adjacent forum). If you want to save yourself the huge queues to enter, it is best to buy a ticket in advance and enter through the entrance on Via Celio (Biglietteria Palatino)
Written April 14, 2024
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EXE60
Europe151 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Solo
I went to Palatine Hill on a Wednesday morning just after it opened and almost had it all to myself. Red-bud trees and wisteria were blooming and it was gorgeous. The whole complex is huge and the palaces were built on several levels. Excavations are still ongoing.
If you want to access the museums and homes, you need to have access to the SUPER sites on your ticket. I had purchased a 2-day "full experience" individual ticket to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill/Forum area, with Arena access at the Colosseum, for €24 on the Coopculture site. Those tickets need to be purchased weeks in advance to avoid the long lines.
Written April 9, 2024
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Neve
Wales, UK2 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
As you find in many places in Rome, Palatine Hill is rife with history and entrancing architecture. This beautiful expanse is home to a wide variety of buildings and ruins, known as one of the most ancient areas you will find in the whole city.

Palatine Hill is just beside the Colosseum, bringing with it the long queues that trickle in and out of the famed building each day. These long, still lines might lead you to decide to give Palatine Hill a miss (as we initially did) however there are several quieter entrances that lead you around to the same exact spots! So don’t be too deterred by the long queues if you also happen to end up at the dishearteningly long one, as we had.

From the entrance we began at, we walked through areas of lush greenery with quiet areas of shade to sit in and enjoy the sun. Following the pathways before us, we came upon the forum and wandered down through the ruins, providing a gorgeous walk which showed off the architectural history that resides there. These buildings are found beside collections of flowers and trees, providing photo opportunities at every turn. One such photo opportunity is a view towards the Colosseum that provides a tall, wide view of the side of the impressive structure, one which you otherwise couldn’t get when stood so close to the building down on the ground.

Palatine Hill was a wonderful walk to do on the sunny day that we were fortunate enough to experience it on and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys photography, nature or a bit of Roman history.
Written April 4, 2024
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Issy
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A definite must see when in Rome!! The grounds are beautiful, full of amazing monuments and absolutely packed with history!!
Written April 3, 2024
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Rose38X
Toronto, Canada80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a must on your trip to Rome. Add it to your itinerary when visiting the colosseum. Buy the tickets at the same time too. It is a very large outdoor historical venue. We didn’t have a guide with us and I regret that to a certain degree. After all, within an hour of exploring, you won’t know the difference between one ruin and the next. Without the backstory, you won’t know the significance of what you’re looking at. There are few signs here and there. Beautiful vistas. Don’t eat the oranges, just enjoy their fragrance. They are not grown for consumption. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful church when you leave, Basilica da Santa Francesca. It was an opportunity to enjoy a quiet moment of reflection.
Written March 30, 2024
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Az & Gabbs Attree
Yealmpton, UK48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful views, good value for money. Gets extremely busy, some areas would be tricky to access for those less able as cobble paths and steep steps in places. Great views out over Rome
Written March 29, 2024
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Anne A
Hawick, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had opted for the 48 hour full experience which included Palatine Hill although we chose in the end to cover all three sites in the one day. Palatine Hill again is so full of history to easy to imagine Romulus and Remus racibg through this hilltop area. It is however impossible not to gaze over ancient and modern Rome from this hilltop
Written March 26, 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Palatine Hill is one of the ancient historic sites in Rome. It's said that this is the site of the mother wolf raising the two brother who suckled her milk. The two brothers a founded the city of Rome. From this site, the Rome city developed into one of the most extensive empires in the history of the world. Palatine Hill is located in the center of Rome, which is part of Lazio. Trips around Italy usually take in a trip to Palatine Hill.
Written March 25, 2024
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Peter B
Harlow, UK14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It's a shame that we from the UK are charged over double more than people from the EU.

ROME was lovely but they are very quick to rip of the British
Written March 23, 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Palatine Hill is a plateau located south of the Forum in Rome.

Here archaeological discoveries range from prehistoric remains to the ruins of imperial palaces are located.

Worth visiting the Coloseum and Roman Forum and Palantine Hill together as they are located side by side.
Written March 15, 2024
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Palatine Hill admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost C$51.84, while a popular guided tour starts around C$8.11 per person.





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