Roman Domus Tiberiana Palace Reopens After 50-Year Restoration
An almost 2,000-year-old palace from ancient Rome, known as the Domus Tiberiana, has been reopened for tourists on Palatine Hill in Rome.
The ancient palace was the residence of rulers during ancient Rome’s Imperial period. It offers amazing views of the Roman Forum.
After nearly 50 years of closure for restoration work, the public can now explore this historic palace. After the restoration, the heritage site can ensure the palace’s safety.
During excavations, numerous artifacts were unearthed, which may describe the history of centuries of Roman life.
The director of the Colosseum Archeological Park, which oversees Palatine Hill, described the restored palace as the “ultimate power palace.”
The reopening was celebrated with quotes from a first-century Roman poet who described the palace as “infinite” and compared its magnificence to the sky.
While the palace is named after Tiberius, who ruled after Augustus, archaeological findings indicate that its foundations date back to Nero’s era, shortly after the destructive fire of 64 A.D.
Following the fall of the Roman Empire, the palace was left out for centuries until the Farnese noble family created an extensive garden around the ruins in the 1500s.
Today, visitors like you, can trace the paths once used by ancient emperors and their courts to reach the domus. The English word “palatial” draws inspiration from the opulent imperial residence atop the Palatine, which is one of Rome’s seven hills.
The Domus Tiberiana, situated on the northwest slope of the hill, is considered the first true imperial palace.
Alongside the emperor’s living quarters, the complex featured gardens, places of worship, housing for the Praetorian Guard (who used to protect the ruler), and a service area for workers overlooking the Roman Forum.
Archaeologists worked diligently to piece together centuries of history at the site, even during the COVID-19 pandemic when tourism was at a minimum.
Now you can explore hundreds of artifacts discovered during excavations, including metal and glass objects, statues, decorations, and ancient coins, in the reopened palace.
This restoration and reopening allows you to connect with the rich history of ancient Rome and experience the splendor of this remarkable palace that had been forgotten for many years. Let me know in the comments below, if you also wish to explore this heritage site!