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.
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