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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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  • It took 13 euros for being students, what seemed to me to be a little expensive for what it was. However, liked many things of this museum. We recommend it if you spare time, if I do not not think be a must-see.
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  • Seen from the outside you notice extraordinary beauty of the building that houses magnificent works of art; Located downtown, close to the Roman Forum and the altare della Patria. Despite the beauty we can say that the Museum is organized rather poorly, is very confusing, you can get lost easily, so much so that we had to ask for directions several times. All artworks are devoid of the tag with the title and the year of the work. In addition the cost of the ticket is not the most convenient. Deserves to be seen only by the Capitoline she-Wolf!
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  • The artworks are devoid of tag with title of the work. I'm not saying put a description (which is of course a contrivance to make you buy the audio guide), but at least tell the visitor what he's watching. There is a confusion in the arrangement of the works and especially on the map. It is difficult to navigate between sections of the Museum, we had to ask several times directions, and the guards mocked us as if it were easy to find in that maze ... are shocked
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  • This museum is a "Wow!" and then some. In one large room you are dazzled by the Marcus Aurelius equestrian statue, the Lion Attacking the Horse sculpture and the remnants of the colossal Constantine statue. That one room makes the Capitoline Museums​ worth visiting but there is plenty more to see and enjoy. Their 3rd floor restaurant is comfortable and reasonably priced for a nice break. Whatever you do, do not miss the view of the Imperial Forum from the Tabularium. It's simply fantastic!
  • Easily one of the greatest (if not the greatest) Roman history and archaeology museums on earth. Well worth the 15 euros. If you like this subject, don't skip this!
  • One of the few museums in Rome that actually worths the ticket. Large collections of both ancient and medieval arts that require at least 3 hours to fully go through. Make sure to visit all of the three buildings, simply follow the directions on the brochure (which can be obtained both at the ticket office and at the locker room).
  • The best Museum I've ever seen. Alot at least 3 hours. Make sure you've either Audio Guide or detail guide book before you enter.
  • Made our way up the hill before heading off to Roman Forum and this place is amazing. The museum has a very good collection of art and the surroundings of the attraction is charming..

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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