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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. Using our international travel planner, Rome attractions like Capitoline Museums can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A full gallery that brings together famous paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Titian, Rubens or Tintoretto, several famous sculptures including the famous Roman she-Wolf with its added parts: Romus and Romulus. An interesting aspect: the exceptional vision of the forum, on the back of the building, as if you were there, without getting tired.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The two museum has got extremly many artifacts and and a value. You just wonder how they collected all this. And you have very good photo opportunities from the balconies.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This place is certainly worthy of visiting. Statues, inscriptions, sarcophagi, busts, mosaics, and other ancient Roman artefacts abound.  more »
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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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