Exploring the Imperial Ruins of Rome’s Palatine Hill

Italy, Rome Guide (B): Exploring the Imperial Ruins of Rome’s Palatine Hill

If you love archaeology and history, then a visit to Palatine Hill is a must if you’re ever in Rome. It’s just a short walk from the Roman Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and you can easily spend half a day here exploring the ruins of a bygone era.

Archaeological excavations show that people inhabited Palatine Hill as early as the 10th Century BC. It’s also considered to be the birthplace of the Italian capital. The story goes back to the myth of Romulus and Remus. Born of a vestal virgin and the god Mars, Palatine Hill was the location of the Lupercal cave, where the she-wolf Lupa found them and kept them alive.

The twins grew up and eventually set out to build their own city. Remus wanted to build on Aventine Hill, while Romulus wanted to build on Palatine Hill. They fought, and Romulus, or his supporters, killed Remus. Romulus went on to found the city of Rome, and reigned as its first king.

Upper class citizens built their palaces here, not only for the prestige, but for the incredible views. In fact, the word palace comes from the proper name of Palatine Hill. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Exploring the Imperial Ruins of Rome’s Palatine Hill
Guide Location: Italy » Rome
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Darlene Fisher
Read it on author's website: http://thirstyjourneys.com/exploring-the-imperial-ruins-of-romes-palatine-hill/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Palatine Hill
  • Domus Aurea
  • Stadium of Domitian
  • Flavian Palace
  • The Farnese Gardens

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