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Percorsi nel verde alle pendici del Palatino. Mito, storia e natura

After eighteen years the path along the slopes of the Palatine descending towards the Circus Maximus is reopening. A walk through greenery spanning more than 1500 years of history and almost one kilometer long .

The Archaeological Park of the Colosseum further increases the spaces open to visitors in the archaeological precinct, regenerating a highly symbolic itinerary: the hillside where Romulus founded the city in 753 BC and where, even earlier, according to the myth, the she-wolf suckled the twins.

Along the way you will pass the imperial residences, from the House of Augustus to the Severan complex of the 3rd century AD.  And it is precisely the mighty arches of the Severan palace that strongly mark the urban landscape of the capital and characterize the profile of the southern slopes of the Palatine. Later, in the Renaissance, the gardens known as the Horti Farnesiani extended to this point. A particularly representative place in ancient times, according to the Virgilian legend relating how Aeneas, after escaping from Troy, crossed these slopes to climb the hill and be welcomed by the aging King Evander. On the highest point stood the Temple of the Magna Mater (the Great Mother), today marked by imposing holm oaks.

The itinerary, now reopened, winds through an utterly fascinating natural landscape.

Acanthus bushes, their serrated leaves reproduced on the Corinthian capitals of the monuments, the broom shrubs dotting the hillside, the climbing dog roses, mallow, rosemary and mint, emanating their scents, and capers today, as in the distant part, all line the path shaded by pines and cypresses. The recreation areas with their amenities are ideal for resting in glades offering striking views.

Myth, history and nature accompany the visitor along a path that finally unites the valley of the Roman Forum with the outermost front of the Palatine: the Murcia Valley separating it from the Aventine. The route takes a broad circuit inside the Park, as well as restoring the historical character of the green areas. The landscape is an integral and characteristic part of the whole archaeological area. And for the first time, the focus us not only on the trees but also the shrubs and herbaceous plants.


from 22 June 2018 to 31 December 2019
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