Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Lazio  /  Rome  /  Historic Sites  /  House of Augustus

House of Augustus, Rome

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
The House of Augustus, or the Domus Augusti (but also Domus Augustea), is the first major site upon entering the Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy. It served as the primary residence of Caesar Augustus during his reign. The Domus Augusti should not be confused with the Domus Augustana (also known as the Domus Augustiana), which is a part of the vast palatial complex constructed by Emperor Domitian on the Palatine in 92 AD, of which the Domus Flavia is another part.ConstructionAfter being awarded tribunica potestas for life in 23 BC, Octavian decided to buy the house of Quintus Hortensius on the Palatine and make it his primary place of residence. The comparative modesty of the Domus Augusti was in keeping with the return to traditional ideals promoted during the Augustan period, as indicated by Suetonius in the quote below. The Domus Augusti was located near the Hut of Romulus and other sacred sites which relate to the foundation of Rome. In antiquity this residence contained two levels, each leading to a garden courtyard. The bottom floor is not accessible today, but it is possible to make out the basin of a fountain and the rooms beyond it that were paved in coloured marble.The Domus Augusti in contemporary timesSuetonius (c. 70 AD – after 130 AD), lawyer and secretary of the imperial palace, wrote of Augustus and his palace: It is generally agreed that he was most temperate and without even the suspicion of any fault. He lived at first near the Forum Romanum, afterwards on the Palatine in a modest dwelling remarkable neither for size or elegance, having but a short colonnade with columns of local stone and rooms without any marble decorations or handsome pavements. For more than 40 years he used the same bedroom in winter and summer.
Plan to visit House of Augustus during your Rome vacation using our convenient Rome vacation route planner.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • It's been years since I wanted to visit the House of Augustus (repeatedly found closed, something not nice for those who don't live in Rome). taken on the internet all the information, knowing that Friday was open, facing a long logical line, arrived at the box office, I asked if he was open and if you had to pay extra ticket. I was told that you had to pay only in case of tours (a small amount of 4 euro). being a good guide but I have seen fit to pay. After a long climb to the Palatine, with 30 degrees of temp, came before the House of Augustus and livia, I found no indication and all ports closed. After knocking with some vehemence close to the glass, a friendly in charge told me to visit I had to return to the box office to make a ticket. of course I did all the fuss for a good quarter of an hour, as long as the leadership has not convinced her to call the direction, which, of course, gave me permission to visit. Meanwhile at least 15 visitors had to desist from the absolute pleasure of the visit because it without ticket. a bad organization. the kindness of the guides made me cool off the ira and I immersed myself in the great excitement of living environment in which Augustus decided the fate of the Empire and livia schemed for those of his race. a unique sensation that I recommend to all
    show original
  • What a great location here on the Hill. IJ snap best that they used also could enjoy. They are still busy with the excavations. I would like to see a time back Kaji km. What they have discovered additional.
    show original
  • Our tour icluded the Forum, Palatine Hill, Augustus and Liva Palace, and the Colosseum. Our guide Julia was excellent. Not only related the factual history of the sites but also include local stories ...  read more »
  • A must for anyone interested in the founder of the Roman Empire. Not the easiest place to visit. Tickets are strictly limited to 20/day - so you'll need to book in advance (although tours probably get around this). About as close as one can get to the man who changed history.
  • It's an imposing landmark. Very big and full of history.
  • Domus fantastic inside the Palatine Hill
    show original
  • Is very good.
    show original
  • beautiful
    show original
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 4​h
Visit for 2​h
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h