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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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  • Located in the historic centre of Rome, is a must-see attraction. Several curious and interesting pieces, such as the Colossus of Constantine, equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and the famous Loba Capitolina. Must-see parts of this museum. Walk calmly and explore. There are many interesting things and to register.
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  • for those who love art and history, the Capitoline museums are definitely worth visiting. disorganized at the entrance as you have to make 2 files, one for buy your ticket and to get in, but it's worth it. inside there are 3000 years of history.
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  • Museums very beautiful, rich in fact super rich of works but what makes them unique are the views of ancient Rome from underground. Rattle off the many works it is nothing to compare the unique view to the world. Alone is worth the price of admission, and a file manager (like everything that is public in Rome) provincial and almost menefregista to say the least.
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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