Here are photos of my leisurely walk at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. For most tourists, they directly go to the hill where they see the bird’s eye view of the ancient ruins of the city that brought us the legend of Remus and Romulus. Some tour companies won’t include this attraction because it’s vast – and it would take time to go around. At first, I wasn’t really impressed of the ruins I saw – until I sat down and googled its history. After 20 minutes of reading online, I walked around the lower ground and appreciated its significance to the city’s history. I see those relics with a new eye.
Interesting History. This archaeological site was once the residence of aristocrats and emperors. By the look of it, you’ll see that this was the centre of political and social movements at its heydays. Legend has it that Remus and Romulus were found in a cave here by the she-wolf. You must know that Romulus is believed to be the founder of the city of Rome (now you know where the city’s name come from). Caligula, that lunatic of an emperor, was killed here on a tunnel under the palaces.
Word. The English word palace can be owed from Palatine. The Spanish call it palacio. The French says palais. The Filipinos say palasyo. And the Italians call it, palazzo.
What to See. Of course, you’ll see the vast archaeological site of the ancient city. Don’t be that tourist whose mission is to get directly to the Palatine Hill overlooking the Roman Forum. What you see below is not just what it is about. Explore the gardens and all the way to the Stadium of the Domitian. Although you won’t see much, but don’t skip the colossal Flavian Palace or Domus Augustana.
Where it is. It’s right across the symbol of Rome, the Colosseum. There are columns on the hill and below them is a cobble-stoned street. Follow that and it will lead you to the ticket booth and entrance gate. The queue is long in summer and prepare to get burned. It’s kinda slow, too, because security is tight.
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