This view over the Stadium on Palatine Hill is part of one of the panoramic images found on the PanoramicEarth.com Tour of Rome. There are over 100 images taken from around
Palatine Hill is central, even foundational, to the history of
In reality the earliest archaeological findings are Iron Age huts from the 9C BC. The hill has been built up over time with one layer of buildings built upon another. The mound stands about 40m above the Roman Form and became a very desirable place to live with several Roman Emperors having palaces up here. Augustus was born here and lived in quite a modest home, which can not be said for the palaces built by Caligula, Tiberius, Nero and Domitian.
The most excavated areas on the hill include the Domus Augustana, Domus Flavia (home of Flavia, wife of Augustus), parts of Domitian’s Palace and the palace and baths of Septimius Servus.
Here you can see the Stadium, built at the same time as the
Palatine Hill stands next to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum and yet, unlike the other two, it is not crawling with people even though it has some spectacular views to offer. Unlike the Roman Forum, entry to the Palatine Hill is not free, but the ticket also covers entry to the Colosseum. In fact getting your ticket to the Colosseum at the entrance to Palatine Hill can save quite a bit of time.For more articles on