The city of Rome attracts millions of tourists every year, keen to soak up its history and culture. If you love the idea of staying in a hotel in Rome and exploring landmarks which have fascinated for centuries, but would like to be able to escape the crowds of fellow tourists for a while, then the Palatine Hill is the perfect spot to visit.
The Palatine Hill is one of the fabled seven hills of Rome, and rises above the city, towering over more famous attractions such as the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus. The hotels near Palatine Hill offer the perfect base from which to explore everything this part of Rome has to offer, beginning with the chance to soak up the views on offer over the rest of this teeming city.
The Palatine Hill is said to have been home to the cave where Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were saved by the she-wolf Lupa. It is this sense of history and myth which hangs heavily over what is now an open archaeological site. Over the centuries, Palatine Hill was regarded as one of the more desirable addresses in Rome, and was home to emperors and the upper echelons of society. This is reflected in the ruins which have been unearthed and are on display today, including the House of Augustus and the House of Livia, both of which have stunning frescoes.
Where to stay in the Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill hotels are basically Rome hotels, with the central location of Palatine Hill itself making it easy to reach from all parts of the city. The fact that the centre of Rome is relatively compact for a major European capital means that most of the sights which draw tourists from around the world can easily be explored on foot.
Monti and Celio are the ancient heart of the city, and if you stay here you’ll find a relaxed, residential feel and dining options which are excellent because they are mainly aimed at the locals. Most of the hotels around the oldest parts of the city are at the lower end of the price scale for Rome, offering a budget base for exploring Palatine Hill.
In the northern district of the city centre you’ll find not only the famous Spanish Steps but also the Via Condotti, the most upmarket shopping street in the city. In common with the high-end boutiques and restaurants, this is where you’ll find the most expensive hotels and it’s the place to head for if you want to indulge yourself with a lavish stay in the city.
Further away from the centre of Rome, to the east of the Tiber river, you’ll find the green spaces and cultural attractions of Parioli, home to elegant houses, public parks and museums. If, on the other hand, your choice of accommodation is driven mainly by the need to keep costs down then the area surrounding Stazione Termini, the main train station, is where you’ll find affordable budget hotels. While the area is not typical of the charms of Rome, the many public transport links make it easy to travel and explore everything the rest of the city offers.
Different types of hotel
In a city like Rome, and even a smaller part of that city like Palatine Hill, it is possible to find every type of hotel, from luxury Palatine Hill hotels to budget hostels ideal for students and backpackers. The Palazzo al Velabro, on the Via Del Velabro is a 4 star serviced apartment which is just a 10-minute walk from Circus Maximus. The various apartments all have their own fully equipped kitchen, allowing guests to enjoy the life of a Roman citizen for as long as they are staying there. The Madonna de' Monti Suites on Via della Madonna dei Monti are based in a townhouse which is just half a mile from the iconic Trevi Fountain and offer free Wi-Fi and espresso machines in every room.
What to do during your stay in Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill is one of the greenest spaces in the whole of Rome, and one of the most appealing aspects of spending time there is simply the chance to escape some of the crowds and traffic fumes of the rest of the city. If you want to escape the crowds further and enjoy some of the finest art and history on display in the city then take a Skip the Line tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. The advantage of this particular tour is that you’re part of only a small group using a special entrance to the Vatican in the company of an expert guide.
If you want to make exploring Rome both affordable and convenient, then simply book your hotel and flight at the same time with Expedia.