Here are photos of my leisurely walk at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Most tourists, 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 by 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.
Since this is a very historic part of the city, I think it is better if you go with a tour guide who can give you interesting facts about this place.
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 center of political and social movements in its heydays. Legend says that Remus and Romulus were found in a cave here by the she-wolf. Romulus is the founder of the city of Rome – that’s where the city’s name comes from. Caligula, that lunatic of an emperor, died here in a tunnel under the palaces.
Word. The English word palace comes from Palatine. The Spanish call it palacio. The French say Palais. The Filipinos say palasyo. And the Italians call it, palazzo.
What to See Inside
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 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, 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 prepares to get burned. It’s kinda slow, too, because security is tight.
A Leisurely Walk at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Related: Things to do/see in Rome
How to SAVE in Rome!
Rome and the Vatican are packed with places to see and history to marvel at. If you’re going to stay there for a few days only, it’s very impossible to squeeze everything you want to see. So, it is wise to do the Hop-on and Hop-Off Bus Pass for 24, 48, and 72 hours! This will save you time and you’ll see the places you’ve been dying to visit and have known of from the pages of history books.
Where to Stay in Rome
If you’re into Hostel living, don’t look further – Hostel Alessandro Palace and Bar is your hostel to be. It’s convenient for everything, especially to the main train terminal where trains go directly to the airport and to other cities all over Italy. You can book hostels in Rome via HostelWorld and Booking.com.