Visiting The Palatine Hill Rome

A Practical Guide For Those Planning On Visiting The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Complex

The Roman Forum Rome

The Roman Forum Viewed From Palatine Hill

Official Opening Hours & Admission Prices The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are located in the same archaeological area and count as one admission. The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are adjacent to each other and you can walk freely between the two. Both the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill have separate entrances.

The entrance ticket also gives you entrance to the Colosseum next to both and is valid for 2 days covering all three attractions.

The Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill is one of the seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. It stands above the Roman Forum. The main outside entrance is just south of the Colosseum on the on Via di San Gregorio but you can access the Palatine Hill also from within the Roman Forum, though its a bit of a climb.

The Palatine is the spot on which the first settlers built their huts, under the direction of Romulus. In later years, the hill became a residential district attracting the nobility. 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.

The Palatine Hill cover 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.

Towards the top there is the Palatine Museum containing some of the Roman sculpture and finds excavated at the site. Unless you have a keen interest in the subject matter the museum is very dry and really is just a sheltered location where the various finds, mostly busts, statues etc can be displayed.

Its a very gentle climb from the main entrance of the Palatine Hill to the top of the hill that has fine views overlooking the Circus Maximus.

The descent to the Roman Forum is much steeper so unless you want a mini-workout its best to visit the Palatine Hill first before descending to the Roman Forum

Entrance Gates At The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Plus A Recommended Route

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).

Relative Location of Entrance Gates of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill Rome
Palatine Hill Rome

Typical Palatine Hill Scenes

The ticket kiosk at the Colosseum has by far the longest queues and there are other reasons we suggest you start and buy your ticket at the Palatine Hill entrance.

The ticket gate for the Palatine Hill often has no queues at all and 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, walking uphill exploring the Palatine Hill is more gradual than from the Roman Forum and has more shade. After performing a circuit of the Palatine Hill you will get a great birds eye view down onto the Roman Forum as you descend into it, getting a good initial orientation in the process.

The entrance of the Roman Forum is a long way from the Colosseum, but there is an exit only gate right next to the Colosseum.

Tickets, Opening Hours & Thoughts On Visiting

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

Opening hours are from 8.30 am to one hour before sunset, exact times are again on the link at the top of the page.

You can order tickets in advance and avoid the queues for which there is a small booking fees. Your tickets are e-mailed to you, so no delivery charges or lengthy delivery periods.

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.

Time taken to visit will vary wildly.

If you have a keen interest in the subject matter or have read widely about ancient Rome in the build up to your trip then its possible that you will need most of the day at the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.

At the other extreme its clear that many tourists just turn up cold, buy their ticket and expect to be “entertained”. The consequential result is often a very quick half-day visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

There is not that much in the way of information provided anywhere in the three sites.

You've come a long way and spent significant money to put yourself inside the Roman Forum and Colosseum, its worthwhile investing in at least an audio guide, if not a tour to make sense of the spectacle in front of you.

Colosseum & Roman Forum Walking Tour Prices

Colosseum Tours With Access To Underground Chambers

Experience the full glory of Rome's Colosseum on a walking tour with skip-the-line entry with access to parts of the Colosseum not open to those using standard admission tickets.

Accompanied by an expert guide who is passionate about Roman history, you'll gain rare access to areas of the Colosseum that are newly opened or normally off-limits. Enjoy private viewing of the Colosseum's underground chambers, arena and upper level.

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Colosseum Underground Chambers Walking Tour
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Walking Tour Covering The Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

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

Walking Tour Covering The Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

Other Colosseum & Roman Forum Guided Tours

There is no getting away from it, a visit to the Colosseum & Roman Forum means a lot of time on your feet, walking around the vast site. Walking tours are available taking up a morning or afternoon taking you to all the best parts of the attraction and giving you an informed insight to what you are witnessing.

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