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Capitoline Museums, Rome

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Capitoline Museums, situated in a piazza designed by Michelangelo in 1536, helps visitors to appreciate the many layers of the city’s cultural heritage. This site is actually a group of art and archaeological museums, housed inside palaces recognized as some of the city’s finest examples of medieval architecture. The history of the museums can be traced to the 15th century, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of ancient bronze sculptures to the people of Rome and installed them here. Since then, the museums’ collection has grown to include a large number of ancient Roman, Greek, and Egyptian statues, as well as inscriptions, jewels, medals, mosaics, and coins. The museums’ extensive compendium of art includes a huge number of medieval and Renaissance works, including masterpieces by Bernini and Caravaggio, among many others. There’s so much to see here, one visit may not be enough. The ticket office is situated in the piazza, but you can also book your tickets online. Add Capitoline Museums and other attractions to your Rome trip itinerary using our Rome itinerary maker.
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  • One of the few museums that we had not visited ... (and it's the first public museum established in the world) ... Worth in absolute terms for the variety of works and for its installation in the heart of the city. .. Don't miss the terrace for the view!
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  • So much to see in this museum, could have spent a lot longer here had time allowed. There is some amazing stuff on display, stunning exhibits, some of the statuery is so lifelike! There is a cafe/rest...  more »
  • There are so many great works it's definitely worthwhile but don't bother with online pre booking as this confused everyone. Almost without exception staff were so rude it became a bit of a joke. Ther...  more »
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  • Superb collection and excellent curation with professional lighting design that allows the viewer to fully appreciate the artworks- a rarity in Italian museums.
  • Incredible museum and a "must" to even begin to soak in the span of Roman history. A one day visit will provide a good overview, but many trips are necessary to begin to comprehend the arc of history. As with most Italian museums, I'd recommend ponying-up and paying for an audio guide. Especially if your Italian is as bad as mine.
  • Incredibly rich museum. Poor labeling/signage. Not as crowded as the other city attractions, but surely as precious as those.
  • Considering the significant works that call the Capitolini home and the significant history behind this museum, entrance and purchase of tickets is relatively fuss free. My family had not placed this museum down as a 'must see' but I am very glad we did end up going. Even before you step into the museum, there's the Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo at the front of the museum that's very lovely. I particularly liked the Capitoline Hill cordonata leading from Via del Teatro di Marcello to Piazza del Campidoglio. As for the museum itself, it is huge, with multiple floors and wings to walk through. Remember to take a map to guide you through the museum to see items of significant or interest. There are so many statues and collections of Renaissance Art housed here! Three big highlights include the absolutely ginormous statue of Marcus Aurelius riding a horse, the bronze statue of the she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, and the parts of what must have been a gargantuan statue of the Emperor Constatine, where you can see portions of the incredibly carved in the museum's courtyard.
  • A museum full of world class treasures and well worth a visit or two