Palatine Hill – What to Expect?


If you are planning a visit to the Palatine Hill, you must know about the best parts to see, entry timings and days and other important details. 

This article shares everything you must know before booking your tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

A stroll around Palatine Hill, Rome 

Palatine Hill is believed to be the birthplace of the Italian capital and is 40 meters (131 feet) above the Roman Forum. 

It is the most central excavation within the seven hills of Rome and is a pleasant place to have a quiet stroll while exploring the beauty of its preserved corners. 

Entry to the Palatine Hill is included in all the Roman Forum and Colosseum tickets.

In other words, you get to see the top roman attractions – Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill – with just one standard ticket. 

Talk about hitting the jackpot!

What to see in the Palatine Hills? 

Palatine Hills leaves everyone in awe because of its impressive structure and rich cultural significance. 

However, some parts of Palatine Hill are more important than others.

Palatine Museum 

Marble Sculpture in Palatine Museum. Image by Kris from Flickr

This small yet significant structure holds the best excavation discoveries found in Palatine Hill and the Hippodrome. 

You can find sculptures, mosaics and frescoes displayed within the place. 

Farnese Gardens 

Aviaries in Farnese Gardens. Image by Walksinrome

Constructed on the Palace of Tiberius remains, this is among the most ancient botanical gardens in Europe. 

House of Augustus

House of Augustus. Image by Througheternity

This place was once Octavian Augustus’ private residence. 

It’s a multi-level structure with two levels, with invaluable and flamboyant frescoes adorning the walls. 

House of Livia

House of Livia. Image by Culturalheritageonline

It’s one of the best-preserved parts of Palatine Hill. Here you’d see a modestly-built home. 

It has evident glimpses of frescoes and mosaic remains that once graced the beauty of its walls and ceilings. 

Domus Flavia and Domus Augustana

Domus Flavia. Image by Colosseumrometickets

Imperial Palaces’ vast complex consists of these two structures that were home to the Roman Emperors till the 5th century AD. 

Stadium of Domitian

Stadium of Domitian. Image by Starmaro from Getty Images

Popularly known as the Hippodrome of Domitian or Circus Agonalis (during Roman times), Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus built this stadium to exhibit athletic events. 

You can still find some of its beautiful fragments, while others lay beneath the Piazza Navona.

There are many ways to explore the Palatine Hill. Check out which Palatine Hill and Colosseum ticket you want to purchase.


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Best Time to Visit

The standard Palatine Hill opening hours are 8.30 am to 7 pm. 

The best time to visit Palatine Hill is as soon as it opens at 8.30 am or around 4 pm. At these hours, the place is less crowded and the sun lies low. 

This will save you from the scorching heat and ensure you click better pictures. 

Not to miss the bonus that you can wind up your exploration just in time and watch the sunset over the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill – a breathtaking view.

Best Modes of Transportation

Here are some transportation modes used by most visitors. 

Bus Numbers: 60, 75, 84, 85, 87, 117, 175, 186, 271, 571, 810 and 850. 

Tram: Tram lines 3 and 8 stop at the Parco Celio tram stop that’s in front of the Palatine entrance. 

Metro Station: The nearest Metro stop is Colosseo (Colosseum), B line. The single metro ticket (BIT) costs €1.50. 

You can also avail 24h, 48h, 72h or one weekly ticket. 

These tickets are valid across the tram, suburban train, metro and other modes of public transportation as well. 

Taxi: Cabs offer the best convenience, provided you are ready to splurge on transportation. To give you a fair idea, a ride from Termini station to Palatine Hill costs about €8.

However, catching cabs on the street is challenging, so make prior reservations using your phone/ app.

Not keen on spending on public transport? Opt for the Rome Super Pass, which gets you free access to the best of Rome: Vatican, Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica and also free, unlimited transport in the city’s Metro, Tram and Bus. 

Nearby Attractions 

Palatine Hill is surrounded by exciting things to see. We list them below – 

  • Arch of Constantine (339 meters)
  • Circus Maximus (277 meters) 
  • Colosseum (478 meters)
  • Roman Forum (424 meters) 
  • Santa Maria in Cosmedin (492 meters)

Tips to Make the Best Out of Your Palatine Hill Tour 

Here are a few insider tips and suggestions to help you have a smooth and memorable experience. 

Wear your comfiest pair of shoes because visitors must walk a bit to explore the ruins of Palatine Hill. 

Bring refillable water bottles as there are several drinking water fountains within the Palatine Hill area.

Carry snacks to stay charged throughout your trip. Note that no food or drinks are sold at the attraction. 

For most people, trying to wind up all three attractions in a single day can be exhausting and overwhelming. 

Evenly spread your visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill across 24 hours. 

Remember, your tickets are valid for 24 hours, and probably for a good reason. 

Last but not least, bring your camera along. 

You wouldn’t want to miss capturing the beauty of Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and, of course, the Colosseum. Select Palatine & Colosseum tickets

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