If reading Roman mythology, Palatine Hill was the where the cave that Lupa the she-wolf found Romulus and Remus. The cave was known as the Lupercal. Romulus and Remus were twin brothers born to Rhea Silvia, daughter of Numitor, king of Alba Longa.
Whatever the true story is and how Romulus killed his brother Remus after jumping over a wall, Romulus was king of Rome for some times and then after disappearing into a storm, the Romans worshiped him as Quirinus.
The original Romans lived on Palatine Hill and we were lucky to have a really knowledgeable about Palatine Hill. I am always amazed at the history and how long ago things really happened. Living in the United States our history that is recorded is so much younger and I love history and all the possibilities this’s and that’s in it.
It was a bright sunny day and perfect for a tour. We started in the morning and ended in the afternoon. It really was a great tour. If in Rome, take this tour from one of the many capable tour companies. Walks of Italy has proved to be really good.
Please enjoy some pictures from Palatine Hill…
Based on tradition, the beginning of the Forum is connected between the alliance of Romulus and his rival Titus Tatius. Romulus controlled Palatine Hill and Titus controlled Capitoline Hill. They formed this alliance after the cries of the Sabine women after combat.
The way the valley is between the two areas, it was a great designated place for the two groups of people to meet up. Between that bit of history and countless other tales, just standing in the area that was occupied by some incredible people was a bit overwhelming.
Whenever I go to a castle or old ruin or this Forum, I feel transported back into time so I can try to feel what it was like to live, love and be alive at this time.
Please enjoy a few pictures from our visit, even the cute little seagull.
When in Rome, make sure to stop by and see these places. The history, the beauty and it’s incredible story make it so worth the visit.
As always, comments or corrections are appreciated!