Domus Augustana

Domus Augustana

Palace of the Augustan dynasty was used as the Roman emperor's private residence and was the dwelling part of the Palace of Domitian. Domus Flavia was a part of the vast residential complex of the Roman Emperors on the Palatine Hill and was used for state functions. Construction of the palace took place after 80 AD when many buildings of the Palatine Hill were destroyed by fire. Domus Augustana was built on two levels, with rooms leading off a garden courtyard on each floor. The palace was located in the south end of the hill and rose above the Circus Maximus while from the opposite side it overlooked the Roman Forum. The high brick wall survived on the upper floor of the palace, two inner courtyards can still be found there today. Lower floor of the palace was designed around the courtyard, it was decorated with the coloured marble pillars similar to those in Domus Flavia. In the centre there was a pool that could be reached via a small bridge. Remains of the marble floors have survived in some of the rooms. One can also see small fountains. There are frescoes on the walls but they are in a bad state. Nearby there are ruins of the antique Stadium of Domitian, supposedly it was the private emperor’s stadium.

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: 41.887942, 12.486825