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The Palatine Hill is one of the seven hills of Rome and the home of the city's first settlement. Where Romulus once founded the city and Emperor Augustus spent his whole life, today stand the remnants of the past. Amidst shade-giving trees and bushes, it feels like taking a walk back in time. Tickets include the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. A perfect combination to discover ancient Rome.
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Experience the three highlights of ancient Rome with just one ticket.
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Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill: Priority Entry+ Arena + Sightseeing Tour
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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour
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Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena & Forum Tour
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Rome: Skip-the-Line Tour to Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill
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Guided Tours

With guided tours, you can also get to places that often remain closed to normal visitors. No matter which tour you choose, with our tickets, you never have to queue!
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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour
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Rome: Colosseum Underground, Arena & Forum Tour
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Rome: Skip-the-Line Tour to Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill
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Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Guided Tour
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Colosseum Underground Tour with Arena Floor & Ancient Rome: VIP Experience
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The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: A Self-Guided Audio Tour
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6 tips for visiting the Palatine Hill

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Snacks and WaterThere are no shops, restaurants, or cafés on the Palatine Hill. Visitors should therefore get a snack and a bottle of water before visiting. You can refill your water bottle at the many public drinking fountains around the city.
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Good shoes are essentialThe paths on the Palatine Hill can be bumpy and steep. That's why we recommend sturdy and comfortable footwear.
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Enough timeThe entrance tickets also include access to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. With these three attractions, you can fill a whole day. So plan enough time for ancient Rome. If there is still time left, there are more attractions nearby, such as the Circus Maximus.
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Skip the queueBook tickets in advance! The Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, and the Colosseum are among the most popular attractions in Rome. To avoid long waiting lines, it's best to buy tickets in advance online.
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Consider the weather reportThe Palatine Hill is an outdoor attraction. In summer, it can be very hot, and in winter windy and cold. Pay attention to the weather and bring sunscreen, a hat, or an umbrella.
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Admission policyThe admission to each attraction works only once. So visit the entire site before you leave it again.
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The Palatine Hill – quick facts

Quick knowledge about the Palatine Hill
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Where does the name of the hill come from?

The name of the hill is derived from the deity Pales. Today, it is no longer known whether Pales was male, female, a couple or a group of deities. In honor of the deity, the festival Parilia was celebrated on April 21st. This festival is also associated with the founding of the city of Rome, which is dated to April 21st.
Archaeological findings

Architectural journey of discovery

According to archaeological findings, the Palatine Hill was already inhabited in 1000 BCE. Only magnificent villas of nobles, aristocrats, consuls, or speakers were built on the Palatine Hill. Among them still stands today the humble hut in which Romulus is said to have lived. To find out why the Palatine Hill resembles a park, one must look back to the 16th century. Farnese Gardens were created to transform the Palatine Hill into a park idyll.

One of the most recent discoveries is the cave of Romulus and Remus. It was found in 2007, 16m (52,5ft) deep in the hill. Even today, shells and marble can be found inside it.

The House of Augustus

The Domus Augustea featured a private and a public area and was the residence of the Emperor Augustus. Besides elaborate wall paintings, Roman painting, and mosaic floors, here one can find the 'Room of Masks'.

The Hut of Romulus and Remus

According to legend, Romulus and Remus wanted to build a city where they were once found. In a dispute, Romulus killed Remus and thus became the founder of Rome. Today, his hut is still located on the Palatine Hill. Also, the cave where Romulus and Remus were suckled by the she-wolf La Lupa was discovered during an excavation in 2007 at a depth of 16m (52,5ft). After 3000 years, does the legend become reality?

The Stadium of Domitian

The stadium was built in 86 CE and was used for athletic competitions. Today, the stadium's grandeur can still be admired, as it is one of the best-preserved buildings of the Palatine Hill.

The House of Livia

Livia is known as the third wife of Augustus and mother of Tiberius. The residence is especially known for its well-preserved paintings and beautiful frescoes.

The Palatine Museum

State-of-the-art multimedia installations meet a valuable collection of exhibits from the 1st to the 4th century CE at the Palatine Museum. The museum primarily serves to preserve archaeological findings and provides insight into the life of ancient Rome.

Other Highlights

Furthermore, you can see additional houses or palaces such as the Domus Transitoria and the remains of the Domus Aurea, Nero's cryptoporticus (an underground tunnel), the secret passage of Emperor Domitian, or the Farnese Gardens.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Palatine Hill accessible for people with disabilities?

Unfortunately, the Palatine Hill is not entirely accessible for people with disabilities. However, some parts of the three attractions 'Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill' are accessible for people with disabilities. Read more.

How long does a visit take?

To visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill together, it is advisable to plan at least about 5 hours. In addition to guided tours, it is worth planning some time for individual exploration. Read more.

Should I book a tour?

Yes! The residences and archaeological findings are labeled, but they do not offer explanations about the historical background and their relevance. Moreover, the paths can be somewhat misleading, as the directions are not always accurate. An audio guide provides information and background knowledge about the various attractions. A tour guide can often enhance the visit with insider knowledge and stories. Read more.

Are the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, and the Colosseum suitable for children?

Yes. Due to the size of the exhibition area and the high number of visitors, however, one should pay close attention to their children and hold their hands. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are open daily from 9:00 AM. From March 27 to August 31, the attractions close at 7:15 PM. From September 1 to September 30, they are open until 7:00 PM; from October 1 to October 30 until 6:30 PM; from October 31 to February 28 until 4:30 PM; and from March 1 to March 26 until 5:30 PM. The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are closed on December 25 and January 1. Admission is until one hour before closing.

address

Via di San Gregorio, 30
00186 Roma RM
Italy

tickets

Tickets include admission to the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum. Full-price tickets cost 16 € on-site, reduced tickets cost 2 €. Reduced prices are available for EU citizens aged between 18 and 25. Admission is free for guests under 18 years old as well as disabled guests with a companion, and teachers and students at universities and art academies in the fields of architecture, art history, archaeology, and restoration.

how to get there

You can reach the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill by taking the Metro line B to the Colosseo stop, tram line 3 or buses number 75, 81, 175, 204, and 175.
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