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“Visit a real ancient Roman house”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of House of Augustus

House of Augustus
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Skip the Line: Casa di Augusto, Casa di Livia and Colosseum Tour in Rome
Ranked #166 of 1,485 things to do in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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“Visit a real ancient Roman house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

My teenage daughter and I visited the site on a Monday in June around noon.

This is the best site to visit on the Palatine Hill and Forum.

Visiting the House of Augustus, Rome's first emperor, gives you first-hand experience of walking through an ancient Roman house. You can move through the rooms as ancient Romans did 2,000 years ago! Check out the type of decoration a wealthy Roman enjoyed.

Most wall paintings have been removed from their original site and have been installed in a museum; here you get to see the paintings in the space for which they were created.

There is no separate entrance fee; the House of Augustus is on the Palatine Hill and it is one of the sites you can visit once you enter the Forum.

We had to wait in a short line (covered and paved). The number of people in the house at any given time is monitored so you wait until people come out; an attendant will send you in.

You will see 4 rooms. According to the floor plan these rooms are nos. 12, 13, 14/15 and are a dining room, large reception room or salon, bedroom, and study, respectively.

The wall paintings are stunning in color and design. The red is still vibrant (red was an expensive color in ancient times so it was a sign of wealth to have lots of red wall painting). The designs are mostly architectural and some are inspired by the theatre. You will see some panels that are painted to look like marble and stone.

Photos are allowed but no flash.

Hours may vary so check before going.

This is absolutely a must see site. It takes only a few minutes to visit.

Visited June 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2013

This was part of our Paletine Hill tour which we prebooked tickets for - interesting to see where Augustus used to live (what remains) and there are some lovely mosaics still in tact in 3 or 4 of the rooms which we were able to see.

Visited January 2013
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“Very historical sights to see ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013 via mobile

Firstly we went here due to taking a tour that also included the Collesum which we mainly wanted to see.
Got a tour from outside the Collesum for ?28 which included both tours and you dont even have to queue !!!! Bonus for ?3 extra :)
Ask for Nick as your tour guide as he really made the hill part of the tour for us ....
Credits where credits due and all that

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“No informations at all, but it's a must see”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2012

I haven't seen any kind of information about what this house is about, even if it was a line to visit it. Anyway, the paintings inside are beautiful, but it's not something extraordinary. This attraction is located inside the Palatine Hill and you will not pay extra to visit it.

Visited November 2012
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“Fantastic Insight Into an Emperor's Life”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2012

While access to the interior of Augustus’ house is limited, it’s still exciting to see the exterior. So, if you are visiting the Palatine Hills, be sure to stop by Augustus’ house. If you peak through some of the ruins, you will be able to get glimpses of the interior and you might actually get lucky and be allowed access inside. At the end of the house, down the hill a little is a FANTASTIC view of Rome. Gorgeous photo-op spot. Augustus clearly chose this location for his house in order to see all the wonders of his city from a bird’s eye-view. You’ll not only get an excellent view of the Forum ruins below, but also St. Peter’s Dome rises in the distance. Beautiful!

Next to Augustus’ house is the house of his wife, Livia. So, check that out, too. It’s easier to see the layout of her house from the path that crosses above her house’s ruins. And I just love that the emperor designed a His and Hers palace.

Concerning the rest of the Palatine Hill. It is fascinating! While it's a bit of a hike to get to the top of the hill, once you're on top, the walks are very easy and the ruins are worth a leisurely stroll. There aren't any concession stands on the property, so bring your own water. There are also few sitting areas, but there are many shady spots where you can relax. Many people were picnicking on these shady grassy areas when I visited. So if you are a non-athletic traveler or simply would like to take it easy, the Palatine Hill can accommodate that after you get to the top.

If you don't need a leisurely day and want to take-on the hill without breaks, you should be able to see everything in 1.5 hours. Just be sure to bring a map since the ticket office doesn't hand out any and the direction signs on the property simply are WRONG! They will point you to the Forum entrance and you will find yourself elsewhere, repeatedly. However, if you come without a map, there are still plenty of visual landmarks to guide you, chiefly being the stadium.

The stadium is a must see. Supposedly St. Sebastian was martyred at the stadium and there's a big bloom of beautiful purple flowers growing in the area, at least in May/June. Also a must-see is the Cryptoporticus. The Cryptoporticus is a series of tunnels that the emperors would use to get around the city without being seen or exposing themselves to the threat of crowds. Despite the safety purpose of the Cryptoporticus, in one of these tunnels, Emperor Caligula was assassinated. I was a little hesitant to walk through these tunnels--fear of the potential creepiness, cave-ins, and claustrophobia, but the land around the tunnels has been dug up, so there's a reassuring blast of sunlight at the end of each tunnel. Also the tunnels are amazingly sturdy and preserved; you can even find some great ancient reliefs and carvings inside them. These are definitely worth seeing!

If you plan on seeing the Coliseum, Palatine Hill & Forum in one day, I'd advise that you visit in the order listed. After seeing the Coliseum, you'll exit behind the Arch of Constantine. Don't go back to the Via dei Fori Imperiali, which you'd likely take to access the Coliseum. Instead, take the road to the left of the Coliseum exit (Via San Gregorio) and go upwards to the lesser known entrance of the Palatine Hill. There should be either no line there or a very tiny one. When you are finished with the Palatine Hill, you can enter the Forum directly without reentering any lines outside. Go down the ankle-twisting original stone path carefully! You'll be facing in the direction of the Coliseum on this path and enter the Forum by the Arch of Titus.

I booked my online reservations through OmniTicket before my trip: the Coliseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill three-in-one ticket. It cost 13.50 Euro per ticket for all three sites and no wait in line. There's no signs or separate entry area for the three-in-one ticket, so just go to the area designated for the Roma Pass, raise up your printed-out ticket, and the guards will let you in.

Visited May 2012
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