Palatine Hill & Museum – the birthplace of ancient Rome

Unearth treasures at the Palatine Hill & Museum, one of Rome’s most incredible archaeological sites. Located on the most central of Rome’s famous Seven Hills, between the Colosseum, Forum and Circus Maximus, this was once the most in-demand address in the city.

Check out the Roman remains. You’ll be amazed by the finds that have been uncovered here. Marble statues and architectural details from imperial palaces have all been hauled from the ground, bringing ancient Rome back to life.

Home of the emperors

Hop off our Rome Bus Tour right outside the Palatine Hill & Museum. Discover a place where emperors controlled vast armies – making decisions that would shape the future of the world.

Take a closer look at slabs of history, buried in the ground for centuries, and uncovered to piece the past back together. Much of what’s been discovered here dates to between the 1st and 4th century AD, when the Palatine Hill was the power hub of the mighty Roman Empire.

Other interesting facts about the Palatine Hill & Museum

  • Artefacts have been found at the Palatine Hill & Museum dating back as far as 10,000 BC and the Bronze Age
  • According to Roman legend, this was the place Romulus and Remus were discovered living in the Lupercal cave
  • The hill is around 70 metres (230 feet) high and offers some of the best views of the city
  • In many languages - including English, French, Italian and German - the word for palace is derived from Palatine
  • Palatine Hill is home to several important sites such as the Farnese Garden, Domus Flavia and Septimius Severus