Visiting the Palatine Hill, Rome

Recommended route and entrance ticket information


The Roman Forum Rome

Fine views: from Palatine Hill down to the Roman Forum

 

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The Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum are all located in the same archaeological area and count as one admission. The Roman Forum the Palatine Hill are next to each other and you can walk freely between the two, though they have separate entrances.


The entrance ticket to Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum is valid for two days covering all three attractions.


The main outside entrance is just south of the Colosseum on the on Via di San Gregorio but you can access the Palatine Hill from within the Roman Forum, though it is a bit of a climb.

 

The Palatine Hill is one of the seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. The panoramic, breathtaking views of the ancient ruins, as well as the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, make it a great introduction before you descend to visit the Forum itself.

The Palatine Hill – what is it?

The significance of Palatine Hill is that it was here that Rome (and hence the whole of the Roman Empire) was founded under the direction of Romulus. The Palatine Hill is the site of the Lupercal Cave where folklore says the twins Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf Lupa (symbol of Rome) who raised them.

 

In later years, the hill became a residential district attracting the nobility. It was also believed that the air was cleaner at the top of the hill, and the nobility were less likely to catch the diseases of the poorer classes at the bottom. In time, however, the area gave way to imperial palaces and drew the famous such as Caligula (murdered here by members of his Praetorian Guard) and Nero.

Palatine Hill tickets, opening hours and time needed

The standard admission ticket covers all three monuments, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

 

Palatine Hill Rome
Palatine Hill Rome

Hundreds of ruins: Palatine Hill scenes

Opening hours are from 8.30am to one hour before sunset, exact times are again on the link below:

Opening hours Colosseum + Roman Forum

 

You can gain Colosseum and Roman Forum entrance by:

  • Queuing and paying for a ticket on the day

  • Buying a skip the line ticket avoiding the queues in advance for a supplement

  • Gaining entry using the Roma Pass

  • By guided tour as part of a group

Note: Within the Colosseum, there are parts you can only visit as part of a “special access” guided tour (see section below) for which the standard ticket has no validity.

 

Free Entrance:

  • - Free entry on the first Sunday of the month (no reservation possible) – expect long queues

  • - Free entry for those under 18 and discounted tickets for EU citizens aged between 18-25.

  • - Free for EU citizens with disabilities and their companion, with valid medical documentation of the disability

Dedicated page covering all types of tickets

The Palatine Hill - what to expect

The Palatine Hill covers a very large area and further you go up the hill the more exposed to the sun it becomes. At the bottom of the hill near the entrance the terrain is more like lush parkland with monuments in decay scattered all around.

 

All the main excavations are up the hill though where you are very exposed to the sun. There is minimal information provided on what you are witnessing. Most of what you will see are just minimal remains of what once stood here and there are many areas that seem just abandoned.


Without some kind of information its impossible to use your imagination of what was once here and its place in Roman history.

There are informative walking tours and audio devices available and you really do need at minimum a good guide book to make your visit worthwhile.


Palatine Hill - recommended route

Relative location of entrance gates of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Map: entrances Roman Forum

As the entrance ticket to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill also includes the Colosseum most people will visit all three at the same time, although your ticket is valid for 2 days.


The ticket kiosk at the Colosseum has by far the longest queues so we recommend buying your ticket at the Palatine Hill entrance, where there are often no queues at all. The Palatine Hill entrance is midway down the road Via di San Gregorio that runs from the Colosseum along the base of the Palatine Hill, less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Colosseum.


Many of the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses and tour buses board and drop between the Colosseum and the entrance to the Palatine Hill.

From the Palatine Hill entrance it is a very gentle climb the to the top of the hill that has fine views overlooking the Circus Maximus.

 

If you visit the Forum first, it is a much steeper climb from this direction up to the hill, so it is best to visit the Palatine Hill first before descending to the Roman Forum.

After performing a circuit of the Palatine Hill you will get a great bird's eye view down onto the Roman Forum as you descend into it, getting a good initial orientation in the process.


Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum - skip the line/fast track entrance tickets

Entering the Roman Forum or Palatine Hill queues are normally not a big issue, but the Colosseum with its own dedicated entrances are a different matter.

Skip the Queue/ Fast Track tickets can be purchased in advance on-line with immediate delivery of tickets by e-mail.


Fast Track Ticket - option 1

  • One fast track entry to the Colosseum and one entry to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill

  • Fast track escorted entry into Colosseum at selected time slot available throughout day

Colosseum Fast Track Entry Tickets

Fast Track Ticket - option 2

  • One fast track entry to the Colosseum and one entry to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill

  • Free audio-guide included in English, Spanish, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese and Chinese

  • Entrance at timeslots in morning or at any time after 2 p.m.

Colosseum Fast Track Entry Tickets

Dedicated page covering all types of tickets for Colosseum

Colosseum & Roman Forum walking tours

Taking a walking tour with an expert guide with headphones and fast track entrance tickets provided is an efficient and cost effective way of covering the Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum in around 3 hours.


Option 1 - Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum walking tour

  • Skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

  • Groups of 25 people or fewer

  • Departure times available morning or afternoon

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide, headphones available

Walking Tour Covering The Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

Option 2 - Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum walking tour with special access

  • Skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

  • With access to the Colosseum arena floor, the underground chambers and the third tier

  • Groups of 25 people or fewer

  • Departure times available morning or afternoon but limited availability

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide, headphones available

Colosseum & Roman Forum Walking Tour Prices

Ancient Rome walking tours including the Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

The Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum are just one part of ancient Rome.

You can extend your walking tour beyond the Colosseum and Roman Forum and continue the theme visiting such icons as the Pantheon.


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