|The entrance to Palatino & Foro Romana (Palatine Hill & Roman Forum)
Palatine Hill is the location of earliest settlements in the area which dates back to about 753 BC.
Legend has it that Romulus founded the city of Rome here on the hill.
|The view of Rome from Palatine Hill
|Basilica of Maxentius (Basilica di Massenzio)/Basilica di Costantino (Basilica of Constantine), Porticus Margaritaria
|Temple of Romulus & Basilica of Santi Cosma & Damiano
|Remains of Basilica Giulia (Basilica Julia) - the seat of justice - with Tempio di Saturno (The Temple of Saturn) on the right hand side
|Tempio di Saturno (The Temple of Saturn)
The Temple was built around 497BC and is the oldest of the Roman temples. The huge building that once stood behind the columns later however was used as Rome's state treasury.
Tips: If you plan to visit Palatino, Foro Romana and Colosseum, you might be better off buying your ticket at Palatino & Foro Romana ticket counter rather than at Colosseum. This is because there tend to be a long queue for tickets at Colosseum.
Hotel: Apart from Hotel Borromeo, I have also stayed at Best Western Artdeco Hotel which is located in a residential and embassies area, quite close to Roma Termini (main train station) which provides easy access and direct rail link from Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO). It is quite a good hotel as well, location is a bit out of the way from other places of interests (but still I managed to walk to everywhere), spacious room (not typical of Europe!) with shower and bath cum jacuzzi , comfortable bed and not bad buffet breakfast. Apart from these two hotels, I have stayed at an airport hotel as well - Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici Hotel.
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