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Monte Palatino, Rome

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Standing 40 m (130 ft) above the Roman Forum, Monte Palatino represents one of the Seven Hills of Rome and one of the oldest parts of the city. According to legend, Romulus founded Rome here in 754 BCE. Walk among the ruins of the buildings where Roman emperors and other aristocrats resided, and view the gardens that still remain. Look down upon Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, and the Coliseum below. Stop by the Palatine Museum to see ancient artifacts and displays from the Iron Age. Tennis or hiking shoes are most suitable for exploring the grounds due to the uneven footing. Arrange your visit to Monte Palatino and discover more family-friendly attractions in Rome using our Rome vacation planner.
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  • By far the most recommendable attractions of the three-piece sight. Still I will not recommend a visit, unless you have extremely much time on your hand. Yet I believe there must be better activities ...  more »
  • After the crowded coliseum, this is a very welcome change. It is no less impressive than the first but much less visited. You get amazing views to the Circo Massimo below and also to the forum which i...  more »
  • Madness walk through the Monte Palatino, advise you do it with a guide (this time I take an audio guide fantastic). Should upload soon, without hurry and enjoy it!
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Where to stay in Rome

For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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