Romulus, Remus & the Palatine Hill: Where Rome Started with Livia Galante - Context Travel

Romulus, Remus & the Palatine Hill: Where Rome Started with Livia Galante


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From Romulus to Mussolini, join a local Roman archaeologist to learn about the history of the Eternal City, Rome, recounted by one of the Seven Hills of Rome, the Palatine Hill.

Legend says that, at the foot of the hill, there was the cave where the twins Romulus and Remus were suckled. It is here that Romulus settled to create a first fortified village called Rome becoming the founder and the first of the seven kings of Rome.

As the village expanded to become a larger city, the hill always remained a place where the aristocrats wanted to live. It was both close to the Roman Forum, the heart of the ancient city but, far from the swamps, noise and smells of the valleys at the bottom. Augustus, the first emperor of Rome decided to build his first “Palace” here, and all the emperors that followed expanded it to occupy the entire hill.

After a long period of abandonment throughout the middle ages, the hill was rediscovered in the Renaissance and beautiful estates were built, with lavish gardens and elegant pavilions. In more recent history the hill was chosen by Mussolini to promote excavations in order to link his name with those ancient rulers. His passage is still documented by the grey bulk of the Museum of the Palatine hill. Together, we will virtually wander from the huts of Romulus, through the Houses of Augustus and Livia, with their superb frescoes, from the just reopened underground Domus Transitoria of Nero, to the lavish gardens and villa of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, built in the middle of 1500.

Led by an expert on Ancient Roman Topography, Livia Galante, this interactive seminar will focus on the Palatine Hill and the intriguing stories that rest with it. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased comprehension of the history of the city as well as information about buildings and building techniques, frescoes, ancient technology.

Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic in sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.