There were two palaces and a vineyard behind the Palatine Hill
; but in these days landed property had not much value, and the two palaces and the vineyard remained to the family since they were beneath the rapacity of the pope and his son.
Suetonius also tells how many Romans believed that the Great Fire of Rome was prompted by Nero himself to clear the way for his planned palatial complex - the Domus Aurea (Latin for the Golden House), a vast landscaped palace he built in the heart of ancient Rome after the great fire destroyed much of the city including the villas of the rich on the Palatine Hill
- the centremost of the Seven Hills of Rome and what is often called "the first nucleus" of the Roman empire.
Caesar Augustus (63 BC--AD 14), who is usually thought of as the first Roman emperor, lived on the Palatine Hill
, the place from which the word "palace" originates.
On the Palatine hill
the so-called Houses of Augustus and Livia, parts of a first-century BC palace complex, are among a range of sites now open to visitors.
Occasionally the faithful might say the stations of the cross without there being any image, such as when the pope leads the stations of the cross around the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday (Frommer's Events - Event Guide: Good Friday Procession in Rome (Palatine Hill
On a warm summer's night, walk up the ancient stoned road just off the Colosseum and continue as it twirls up the beautiful Palatine hill
, lined with scented trees.
The tour began in the sensational city of Rome, with visits to the spectacular Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill
and onto Piazza Venezia.
The Colosseum, the most visited tourist site in Italy, was closed alongside the nearby Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill
, and the authorities urged people not to leave their homes if they did not have to.
This is supported by the Palatine graffito, a second century scratching onto the walls of a room near the Circus Maximus in the Palatine Hill
that appears to mock the belief of Christians in worshipping a crucified God.
The Palatium or Palatine Hill
in Rome was the site of a number of large dwellings from about the 4th century B.C.
An afternoon is scarcely enough time to explore this extraordinary site, but as the sun began to sink we scraped together the time and energy to climb to the top of the Palatine Hill
to enjoy the view over the city skyline Best of all, they allow you to skip the queues at the ticket booths so you can pack more into your trip.
"O cross of Christ, today too we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence," he said, addressing thousands of people from the Palatine Hill