A Trip to Palatine Hill & Roman Forum with My Daughter


Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (38)

A lot can happen within a year, nearly a year back I was in Italy soaking in the summer sun with beautiful blue skies and plumes of fluffy white clouds. Who knew that after a year I would be sitting on a lonely Saturday afternoon and writing this blog remembering the time of my life.

It all had happened in just three weeks from committing to go to Italy with family to get my daughter’s passport done and finally applying for Schengen Visa. It was not a FAM or sponsored trip thus I had to squeeze every bit out of it somehow hoping that this trip of a lifetime will reap benefits later. As far as benefits are concerned nothing much happened no invitation from tourism boards no invited trips but what I had gained from that trip was to never stop believing that the impossible can become possible just be sheer willpower. Till date, I do not know how I managed to fund this trip and the repercussion of that trip can still be felt today so much so that I had to cut down on my travel plans for least another year.

What I gained for those few days of Italian bliss will forever remain etched in my memories. As the saying goes “Rome was not built in a day” can surely be seen when you actually visit Rome. The ruins of the Roman empire lie scattered around the city and the place where it can be seen in all its grandeur is at the Palatine Hill & Roman Forum. As mentioned in my previous blog (A Trip to Colosseum with My Daughter) that a ticket to the Colosseum also includes entry to Palatine Hill & Roman Forum and its valid for two days thus on the first day you can take a look around Colosseum and the next day you can see Palatine Hill & Roman Forum in details.

It’s huge really huge when it comes to Palatine Hill & Roman Forum you need to walk a lot and thus you need to plan accordingly. I was traveling with my seven-year-old daughter thus I had to keep in mind the vast distances that I had to cover. I made sure that I was well stocked with fluids especially water if its peak of summer then double your storage. Carry light snacks so that when hunger calls you don’t have to search for shops as there are no shops inside and its ticketed thus no use going out and coming back in.

Since you have to walk a lot plan your walks accordingly, it’s not a race and you don’t have to run from one spot to the other. Take breaks and learn to enjoy what you see, even if it’s a ruin it has a story to tell. Make it interesting especially for children so that they keep up the pace and don’t get bored out.

Palatine Hill

Rome is a city which lies around seven hills: –

Aventine Hill
Caelian Hill
Capitoline Hill
Esquiline Hill
Palatine Hill
Quirinal Hill
Viminal Hill

Palatine Hill is the centermost and possibly the most important since most of the tourist attractions are around this place. The Roman Forum also is located within the Palatine Hill.

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum lies in the valley surrounded by the Palatine, Capitoline, and Esquiline hills. In the Republican period (5th-1st centuries BC) this was the political, economic, religious and commercial heart of ancient Rome. In the 9th-8th centuries BC when the city was made up of the independent villages, the area was occupied by the cemeteries of the various settlements. Later, the villages began to merge and the Forum valley naturally became the place where their inhabitants met for economic transactions and social activities; broad and flat, it gradually became the center of the ancient city’s social life. Originally this was a marshy and unhealthy area, especially as its lowest point near the Capitoline hill. This made it necessary to carry out works here to drain the marshy swamp; this enterprise, one of the first land reclamations of ancient Italy, was ascribed to the Tarquins who built the Cloca Maxima to channel the waters into the Tiber. This was when the area took on a specific social and political function within the community. The Forum hosted games, political meetings, and assemblies. It is described by legend as the setting for some of the most important events in the first few centuries of Rome’s history, including the Rape of the Sabine Women. Particularly between the 3rd and 1st centuries BC, the intense activities carried out here led to the construction of the first buildings with specific sacred and public functions. An initial road network also began to take shape between the temples and basilicas: The Via Sacra, the Vicus Tucus, the Clivus Argentarius etc.

 

What to See?

There are 49 listed sites around Palatine Hill & Roman Forum. It will take time if you want to visit them all. Use a map or Google Maps to visit these sites. Honestly I could not visit them all in details as this would have taken a real long time but managed to visit quite a few of them. The list of all the 49 sites are mentioned below:-

  1. Basillica Aemila
  2. Curia
  3. Arco di Settimio Severo
  4. Rostra Vandalica
  5. Tempio della Concordia
  6. Tempio di Vespasiano e Tito
  7. Portico degli Dei Consenti
  8. Tempio di Saturno
  9. Colonna di Foca
  10. Lacus Curtius
  11. Tempio del Dico Giulio
  12. Arco Aziaco
  13. Basillica Giulia
  14. Santa Maria Antiqua
  15. Aula in opera laterizia
  16. Horrea Agrippiana
  17. Tempio dei Castori
  18. Lacus lunturnae
  19. Oratorio dei Quaranta Martiri
  20. Tempio di Antonino e Faustina
  21. Regia
  22. Tempio di Vesta
  23. Casa delle Vestali
  24. Tempio di Romolo
  25. Basillica di Massenzio
  26. Horrea Vespasiani
  27. Arco di Tito
  28. Tempio di Venere e Roma
  29. Antiquarium Forense
  30. Arco di Domiziano
  31. Tempio della Magna Mater
  32. Casa di Livia
  33. Casa di Augusto
  34. Tempio di Apollo
  35. Domus Tiberiana
  36. Orti Farnesiani
  37. Criptoportico Neroniano
  38. Domus Flavia
  39. Domus Augustana
  40. Stadio
  41. Casa dei Grifi
  42. Aula Isiaca/Loggia Mattei
  43. Arcate Severiane
  44. Terme Severiane
  45. Settizodio
  46. Pedagogio
  47. Schola Praeconum
  48. Acquedotto Claudio
  49. Tempio di Elagabalo
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (1)
Temple of Vespasian and Titus (Tempio di Vespasiano e Tito), Milliarium Aureum (Golden Miles) and Temple of Saturn (Tempio di Saturno)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (2)
Septimius Severus Arch (Arco Di Settimio Severo) – Marble Arch Erected at Northwest Corner of the Forum in 203 AD to Celebrate Defeat of the Parthians.
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (3)
Column of Phocas (Colonna di Foca)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (4)
Forum of Caesar (Foro di Cesare). Sizable place featuring the ruins of a Roman plaza built by Julius Caesar in 46 BCE.
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (5)
Forum of Caesar (Foro di Cesare). Sizable place featuring the ruins of a Roman plaza built by Julius Caesar in 46 BCE.
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (6)
Forum of Caesar (Foro di Cesare). Sizable place featuring the ruins of a Roman plaza built by Julius Caesar in 46 BCE.
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (7)
Clivus Argentarius
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (8)
Temple of Venus Genetrix (Tempio di Venere Genitrice)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (9)
Temple of Venus Genetrix (Tempio di Venere Genitrice)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (10)
Via dei Fori Imperiali. (On The Left) Trajan Forum (Foro Traiano) – Remains of The Roman Square, built in The 2nd-Century, With A Column Celebrating Victory Over Dacia.
Statue of Caesar (Statua Di Cesare)Statue of Caesar (Statua Di Cesare)
Statue of Caesar (Statua Di Cesare)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (12)
Via dei Fori Imperiali
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (13)
Rianna Dancing with Roman Forum in The Background
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (14)
House of the Knights of Rhodes (Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (15)
Rianna Trying to Imitate Statue of Roman Emperor Traianus
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (16)
Forum of Augustus (Foro di Augusto)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (17)
Forum of Nerva (Foro di Nerva)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (18)
Arch of Constantine (Arco Di Costantino) – A 21m-High Roman Structure Made Up of 3 Arches Decorated with Figures & Battle Scenes.
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (19)
Arch of Constantine (Arco Di Costantino) – A 21m-High Roman Structure Made Up of 3 Arches Decorated with Figures & Battle Scenes.
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (20)
Sacred Road (Via Sacra)
Structures Around Palatine Hill
Structures Around Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (22)
Structures Around Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (23)
Medieval Porch (Portico Medievale)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (24)
Temple Of Romulus (Tempio del Divo Romolo)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (25)
So-Called Carcer (Cosiddetto Carcer)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (26)
Antoninus and Faustina Temple (Tempio di Antonino e Faustina)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (27)
Antoninus and Faustina Temple (Tempio di Antonino e Faustina)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (28)
Basilica Emilia – Remains of 100m-Long Public Hall, built in 179 BC, thought to Have an Ornate, Shop-Lined Façade
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (29)
Basilica Emilia – Remains of 100m-Long Public Hall, built in 179 BC, thought to Have an Ornate, Shop-Lined Façade
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (30)
Basilica Emilia – Remains of 100m-Long Public Hall, built in 179 BC, thought to Have an Ornate, Shop-Lined Façade
Around Roman Forum
Around Roman Forum
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (32)
Ara Di Cesare (Altar Of Caesar), Believed To Be The Site Of Caesar’s Cremation
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (33)
Column of Phocas (Colonna di Foca)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (34)
Left – Temple of Saturn (Tempio di Saturno). Right – Temple of Vespasian and Titus (Tempio di Vespasiano e Tito)
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (35)
Septimius Severus Arch (Arco di Settimio Severo)

Hope You have enjoyed traveling around Rome with The Indian Vagabond and his family. More blogs on Italy to follow soon so keep watching this space.

Me and My Daughter Enjoying A Father-Daughter Trip To The Palatine Hill
Me and My Daughter Enjoying A Father-Daughter Trip To The Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill Roman Forum with Daughter (37)
With My Family Enjoying the Italian Summer

Video of The Trip

 

Other Blogs on Italy

A Trip to Colosseum with My Daughter

Protestant Cemetery in Rome

Vatican Museum – Guide to See Everything

Activities In Venice

Florence City Tour on a Bus

Father Daughter Trip to Mount Vesuvius

Father Daughter Trip to Herculaneum

Half a Day Tour of Pisa

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