Visit Rome’s Mount Palatine: tickets, prices, opening hours

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Visiting Rome? Don’t miss a visit to Mount Palatine, a must-see in the Eternal City!

Mount Palatine is one of Rome’s seven hills. It rises 70 meters above the Roman Forum , occupying a central position in ancient Rome. It is one of the oldest parts of the city.

During the Roman Empire, the Palatine was occupied by imposing mansions built for emperors, including the first Roman emperor, Augustus (the Palatine gave rise to the word « palace »). The ruins of these mansions still occupy part of the city, which has become a gigantic open-air museum. It’s also a great place to wander among the old stones in the shade of the umbrella pines. And when you’re in the Roman capital, don’t forget to visit Mount Palatine to discover the origins of the eternal city!

History of Monte Palatino

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Mount Palatine has a rich history, and for good reason: the site is considered the cradle of the Italian capital, since its hill (one of Rome’s 7 hills) is said to have been inhabited since 1000 BC. According to Roman mythology, it was here that Romulus and Remus were taken in by a she-wolf who saved their lives. Romulus later founded the city of Rome.

The Palatine Hill was then inhabited by nobles and wealthy Romans attracted by its strategic position. They built villas and numerous palaces, including those of Emperors Augustus, Tiberius and Domitian. In the Middle Ages, fortifications were built and gardens such as the superb Farnese Gardens were laid out. Still visible today, they bear witness to a certain eternal beauty.

Now a must-see on any trip to Rome, Mount Palatine offers visitors a historic interlude in an enchanting setting. From its rather discreet ruins to the grotto of the she-wolf, said to have sheltered the Emperors, to the spectacular panorama over the city, the site is home to a wealth of culture and heritage that invites travel.

What to see and do on Mount Palatine

Mont Palatin

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A visit to Mount Palatine is like a life-size history lesson! You’ll discover a multitude of remains that bear witness to the imposing constructions built in antiquity. Visitors are offered a veritable immersion in the past. Some places are particularly worth a visit.

Take a stroll or a guided tour and discover the House of Augustus. Built over two floors, the Emperor’s residence still retains much of the bright, vivid colors that once decorated its walls. Here you can also discover the Villa Livia, the home of Emperor Augustus’ wife, built in the 1st century BC. It may not be young, but it’s one of the best-preserved buildings in the world! From floor to ceiling, its remarkable frescoes and mosaics still bear witness to the beauty of the place, which, despite the passage of time, doesn’t seem to have aged a bit.

Continue your exploration to the Domus Flavia. Built in 81 BC, it was the home of Emperor Domitian. Today, only certain parts are still accessible to the public. The Domitian Stadium is also well worth a visit. Its architecture, which resembles a Roman circus, immediately takes us back to the heart of Antiquity and lets the imagination wander about the events that took place there. The Farnese Gardens were one of the first botanical gardens created in Europe. Stroll through rose gardens, umbrella pines and fountains, with superb views over the Roman Forum. A belvedere has been built for this purpose.

Finally, don’t miss a visit to the Palatine Museum. It’s here that the remains of the site are housed, the undisputed treasures of archaeological excavations: sculptures and ancient ceramics take you a little further into the history of the famous hill. A visit to Monte Palatino also offers some of the finest views of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the city of Rome. And why not round off a day of sightseeing with a sunset over the Eternal City?

How to visit the Palatine Hill

Vue depuis le Mont Palatin sur le Forum Romain

Photo credit: Flickr – Ana Rey

To visit Monte Palatino, go to the Via do San Gregorio 30 entrance. The latter can be reached by metro, taking line B and stopping at the Colosseo station, which is the nearest. Numerous bus lines also serve the site.

Here’s a map to help you find your way! You can zoom in directly.

To help you prepare for your visit, we’ve put together a list of tips on how to get the most out of your visit to Monte Palatino:

– We recommendarriving early to avoid the queues.

– It’s better to buy your ticket at the Palatine/Forum ticket office, which is less busy in the morning, than at the Colosseum ticket office, and start your visit at these two sites.

– You can avoid the queues by booking a guided tour in French of all three sites.

– If you don’t have a guide, it’s a good idea to hire an audio guide to get the most out of your visit.

– The site is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Animals are not allowed on site.

Food is not allowed, nor is picnicking.

– Commercial photographs or videos require prior authorization.

Toilets and drinking water points are available for visitors.

– In any case, especially in summer, don’t forget to bring a bottle of water, a cap and a good pair of shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking!

Mount Palatine opening times and prices

Access to the Palatine Hill is subject to a charge, but the ticket is combined with entry to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum (valid for 2 days). Please note that only one visit is possible for each site: Colosseum and Forum/Palatine.

Good to know: free admission on the first Sunday of every month!

SCHEDULES

The Mount Palatine site is open every day except January 1, May 1 and December 25.

  • From the last Sunday in October to February 15: 08:30 – 16:30
  • February 16 to March 15: 08:30 – 17:00
  • From March 16 to the last Saturday in March: 08:30 – 17:30
  • From the last Sunday in March to August 31: 08:30 – 19:15
  • September 1 to 30: 08:30 – 19:00
  • 1st to last Saturday in October; 08:30 – 18:30

Certain opening hours are subject to special conditions, such as Easter Friday (closing at 2:00 pm) and June 2 (opening at 1:30 pm).

RATES

  • Ordinary ticket

Ticket valid for 2 days from first use for 1 entry to each site.

This ticket entitles you to visit the Colosseum, the Forum and Mount Palatine.

Adults: 12 euros

18 – 25 years: 7.50 euros

Under 18s and over 65s: FREE

  • Great post

The Super ticket includes only one admission to the Colosseum and two to the Roman Forum/Mount Palatine (one per day), with all temporary exhibitions included.

It’s valid for 2 consecutive days and gives access to 7 sites with special access depending on availability: Cryptoportico Nero, Palatine Museum, Aula Isiaca – Loggia Mattei, House of Augustus, Villa Livia, Temple of Romulus, Santa Maria Antiqua with the Oratory of the Forty Martyrs and the Domitian Ramp.

Full price: €18.00

Reduced: 13.50 euros

For more information on reduced rates, visit the official Colisée website.

  • Rome Citypass

If you want to visit Rome’s main monuments with free tickets, benefit from free transport and take advantage of numerous discounts, book your Roma Pass! Valid for three days, it’s one of the most popular passes for travelers who want to discover as many historical/cultural sites and monuments as possible during their stay.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of this fabulous site, you can also take a guided tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Piazza Navona!

Now you know all about how to visit Rome’s Mount Palatine!