House of Livia (Casa di Livia) on the Palatine Hill

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It was a simple house in which emperor Augustus lived for 40 years with the modesty that his successors never knew. The Palatine hill was a residence zone preferred by the rich and noble representative of Roman society. Augustus enlarged his house and decorated its walls with the paintings. It bears the name of Livia, wife of Augustus.

House of Livia (Casa di Livia) on the Palatine Hill
The House of Livia (Casa di Livia) at Palatino, kept a fascinating serie of frescoes, dated back to the last quarter of the I century BC. The wall paintings in the tablinium represent imaginary scenes, put into architectural frames painted with a perfect perspective and many details.

Not far from the House of Livia stood a Temple of Apollo (Tempio di Apollo), built by Augustus in 36 b.C. and dedicated eight years later. Its dimensions were 44m x 24m. Fragments of a colossal statue of Apollo were found near the site of the temple.

The walls are parted in three sections, each one painted with a mythological subject. The decoration in the next room is characterized by festoons and garlands made out of fruits, branches and leaves. In this room as well, the frescoes are framed by architectural structures.

Tempio di Apollo was surrounded by the Portico of the Danaids, on which were statues of the 50 daughters of Danaus.

Among the best-preserved buildings on the Palatino (Palatine Hill) is the Casa di Livia, northwest of the Domus Flavia. Home to Augustus’ wife Livia, it was built around an atrium leading onto what were once reception rooms, decorated with frescoes of mythological scenes, landscapes, fruits and flowers. In front of House of Livia (Casa di Livia) is the Casa di Augusto, Augustus’ separate residence. Opened to the public in 2008 after years of restoration, the casa boasts superb frescoes.

House of Livia (Casa di Livia) on the Palatine Hill
Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6 (Via di San Gregorio, 30)
00186 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)
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The Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma opens two monuments, very interesting but usually closed because of conservation problems. The buildings are easilly accessible along the path across the Foro Romano and the Palatino. Free guided tours after paying the entrance fee to the Roman Forum and/or Palatine. The visits are free, and will start at the entrance of the monuments according the following timestable:
Guided tours in Italian: 10.00 am - 11.00 am - 12.00 pm (noon) - 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm;
Guided tours in English: 9.30 am - 10.30 am - 11.30 am - 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm;
Telephone: informazioni 0039 06 39967250
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