Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino) Tours
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The whole of Palatine Hill could be considered an open-air museum, with its remains of palaces and villas dating from the Roman Empire. Within this area, however, there is also a dedicated Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino) where you can see the wealth of ancient Roman artifacts unearthed from the hillside over decades of excavation.
The archaeological remains located on Rome’s Palatine Hill are among the most fascinating in Italy, but the treasures recovered during excavations here are kept inside the Palatine Museum. This hilltop museum is home to a collection of artifacts, sculptures, frescoes, and mosaics dating from long before the city of Rome was officially founded to the golden age of the Palatine Hill in the first and second centuries. Also on display is an interesting reconstruction of the huts where Romulus, founder of Rome, and his brother Remus lived.
To best understand the archaeological ruins on Palatine Hill and the artifacts inside the museum, book a private tour led by an expert guide that includes the area’s most important imperial palaces—Emperor Domitian’s Domus Flavia, the House of Augustus, the Casa di Livia, and the Domus Augustana—and the Palatine Museum. You can combine many Palatine Hill and Museum tours with stops at the nearby Roman Forum and Colosseum, with a single ticket for access to all three sites.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Palatine Hill and the Palatine Museum are especially interesting for Roman history buffs.
- Older kids can also enjoy Ancient Rome tours of the Forum and Palatine Hill, especially when accompanied by an engaging guide.
- The site offers great views over the Roman Forum, so be sure to bring your camera.
- There is a lot of ground to cover in both the archaeological site and museum, so wear comfortable shoes.
- Large bags and backpacks are not allowed in the Palatine Hill site or museum.
- The site is not recommended for wheelchairs or strollers due to the rough terrain, but the museum is accessible.
How to Get There
The Palatine Museum is located on Palatine Hill just above the Roman Forum, with entrance from Via di San Gregorio. The nearest metro stop is Colosseo along line B.
When to Get There
Most of the archaeological ruins on Palatine Hill are outdoors, so it’s best to visit on a clear day. The museum collections are indoors, but you should visit both the park and museum in one go.
History of the Palatino Museum
The museum was first opened in the 1930s by the Italian archaeologist Alfonso Bartoli, who gathered artifacts found in the surrounding excavation site in this former 19th-century convent. After a long closure after World War II, the museum was renovated and reopened in the late 1960s.
Address: Via San Gregorio, 30, Rome, Italy
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2 Tours and Activities to Experience Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino)
Located in what is considered the heart of Rome, it was the vestige of the important period of the Republic period and the institution of the elite. Do not miss this incredible experience with history, culture and mythology.
Private Sightseeing Tours
Join this 2-hour tour, which combines 3 must-see locations within Palatine Hill, the Palatine Museum, Domus Transitoria and Nero's Cryptoporticus. Meet your expert, English-speaking guide at the entrance and head straight to the Palatine Museum. Here you'll see artifacts and large sculptures that were excavated from the archaeological site. From here you'll head to the Domus Transitoria to see the ruins of Nero's first palace, which was burned down by a fire in 64 AD. He ordered a new and grander palace be built, the Domus Aurea that connected both palaces so he could easily get across town via tunnels without being seen or being in danger. Next you'll discover Neronian's Cryptoporticus, an Ancient Roman covered corridor or passageway about 130 meters long, once part of the Domus Tiberiana on the Palatine Hill. The underground corridor from the Neronian period is lit by small loophole windows, with mosaic floors, and, on the ceiling, you can see a stucco decoration.
Price varies by group size
Private Sightseeing Tours
Do not miss the chance to visit the House of Livia and the House of Augustus on a 2.5-hour tour with an expert Phd archaeologist. The visit includes also another location within Palatine Hill: the Palatine Museum. Meet your expert, English-speaking guide at the entrance and head straight to the Palatine Museum. Here you'll see artifacts and large sculptures that were excavated from the archaeological site. From here you'll head to the two beautiful House of Livia and House of Augustus. According to your interests you archaeologists can combine other mangnificent part of the archaological area such as the ruins of the Emperors' Palace and more.
Price varies by group size
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino) tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 2 Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino) tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino) 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino) costs USD 39.99. Guided Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino) tours start around USD 39.99 per person. See all 2 Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino) tickets and tours on Viator.
What's the best way to experience Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino)?
The best ways to experience Palatine Museum (Museo del Palatino) are:
- Rome Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Regular Entry
- Palatine Museum, Domus Transitoria & Nero's Cryptoporticus Tour with PhD Guide
- House of Livia, House of Augustus and Palatine Museum w PhD Archaeologist Donato
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