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Casa di Augustus

  • Northwest crest of Palatine Hill Map It
  • Monti
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

First discovered in the 1970s and opened only in 2006, this was the residence of the great emperor Augustus (27 BC–14 AD) before he became great. (Archaeologists have recently found two courtyards rather than one, though, in the style of Rome's ancient Greek kings, suggesting Augustus maintained this house after his ascension to prominence.) The house here dates to the time when Augustus was known merely as Octavian, before the death of, and Octavian's adoption by, his great uncle Julius Caesar. Four rooms have exquisite examples of Roman wall decorative frescoes (so precious that only five people at a time are admitted): startlingly vivid and detailed are the depictions of a narrow stage with side doors, as well as some striking comic theater masks. Note that access to the site is available only on a guided tour.

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Northwest crest of Palatine Hill, Rome, Latium, 00184, Italy

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Published 06/07/2016


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