Itineraries

On the slopes of the Palatine – edition 2022

During winter the route is closed to the public

OPEN DAILY
8.30-9.30 am early access reserved for Membership Card holders from Via di San Gregorio (Vignola entrance)
9.30am-5.30pm (last admission 5pm)

On Sunday 30 October, the southern slopes will observe the following hours: 9.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

A journey through space and time. This is the spirit in which the visitor can embark on the route along the southern slopes of the Palatine. Along the route, it will be possible to admire the magnificence of the buildings that occupied the Hill between the age of the Flavian emperors and those of the Severan dynasty: the so-called Severan Arcades, the elevations of the Domus Flavia and the Domus Augustana, and the Paedagogium, a college intended for the education and training of imperial pages, known for its graffiti paintings (the famous graffito with the ‘blasphemous crucifix‘ is preserved in the Palatine Museum) and the recently rediscovered and restored black and white mosaics.

Palatine, south slopes, the Paedagogium.

White plaster with graffito.

Paedagogium. Black and white geometric mosaic from the Severan period (3rd century AD).

Paedagogium. Black and white geometric mosaic from the Severan period (3rd century AD).

Continuing the walk, passing alongside the Circus Maximus, you will reach the south-western slopes of the Palatine Hill, where Romulus founded the Eternal City and where Augustus, Rome’s first emperor, lived. From the Scalae Caci it will be possible to access the House of Augustus.

The journey is not only in archaeology: the itinerary is in fact set in one of the most evocative and unspoilt places in the centre of Rome, so close to the city, yet far from the noisy urban traffic. A walk immersed at times in complete silence, where inflorescences and herbs, thick bushes and shrubs with their colours and smells form a setting rich in visual and olfactory suggestions that make the experience of visiting a unique archaeological area unforgettable.

During winter the route is closed to the public.