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The Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill

Romulus and Remus

In the famous book Eneide, Virgilio narrates the extraordinary adventures of the Greeks who, after leaving Arcadia, stopped at one of the seven hills of Rome, the Palatine Hill. According to Roman mythology, the Palatine Hill was the place where Romulus and Remus came to life: twin brothers breastfed by a female wolf and reared by the future founders of Rome.

According to the legend, the Palatine Hill was an enchanted place. By evoking images of the ancient houses of the emperors and the Farnese gardens, this lovely cradle of civilization is today an open-air museum. Remnants of the past are surrounded by luxurious vegetation which travels down the hill slopes. From this point, views of all the archeological ruins will take your breath away.

The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum rises on the Palatine Hill and is the monumental centre of ancient Rome. Here are the most important public and religious buildings of ancient times. Most of them can be visited: the temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the Basilica Aemilia, the Roman Curia, the Vesta temple, the altar of Caesar, the Arch of Titus and Septimius Severus.

The Palatinum Museum

On 28th September 2014 during the Augustan bimillennium, the Palatinum Museum was re-opened. A new display of the house of Augustus and Livia, representing the most important places in the life of the emperor and his family, can now be fully enjoyed.