Domus Flavia

Domus Flavia

Palace of emperor Domitian is the vast complex on the Palatine Hill which served as the main imperial palace for 300 years. It was used both for state official functions and for personal life of the emperor and his family. The palace was built by Domitian from the Flavian dynasty in 92 AD. The vast complex included Domus Augustana, private residence of the emperors, and Domus Flavia that was more commonly used for purposes of state. Walls of the palace that survived to our days point out that there were several large rooms: the basilica, Domitian’s Aula Regia (the great hall) that was decorated with 12 statues of black basalt and sanctuary room for worshipping family gods. The day of Domitian’s death was predicted that is why by the end of his life Domitian became reckless and feared attacks. However the emperor could not escape his destiny - he was assassinated by court officials in 96 AD. The grey building near the Domus Flavia houses the Palatine Museum and its collection of archaeological artefacts: from primitive instruments of labour to frescoes and sculptures from the magnificent imperial palaces.

Address: Palatino
Opening hours: 2 Jan – 15 Feb, last Sun of Oct - 31 Dec 8.30 am – 4.30 pm; 16 Feb -15 Mar 8.30 am – 5 pm; 16 Mar – last Sun of Mar 8.30 am – 5.30 pm; last Sun of Mar – 31 Aug 8.30 am – 7.15 pm; 1-30 Sep 8.30 am – 7 pm; 1 Oct – last Sun of Oct 8.30 am – 6.30 pm
How to reach: Colosseo
Coordinates: 41.888752, 12.486495