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Colle Capitolino, Rome

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One of the seven hills of Rome, Colle Capitolino represents the heart of the historical city. Once the citadel of the first Roman settlements, today the hill has transformed into the grounds of the Capitoline Museum, home to important Roman artifacts. Atop the hill, admire views of the city down below. Due to the medieval and Renaissance palaces built around the piazza, few ruins of the ancient temples remain. Spend some time in the piazza, designed by Michelangelo, to get a feel for the historic significance of the site. Make Colle Capitolino a centerpiece of your Rome vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Rome vacation planner.
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  • The Capitoline or Capitol, stands over piazza Venezia. It is the seat of the municipality of Rome, where is the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. The view from up here is priceless, especially with fall colors of sunset
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  • Every time I pass by Rome this is one of the favorite stops, alternate the incline of the hill coming out of the holes or the cordonata Michelangelo on the opposite side. Crawl out of one of the most beautiful Renaissance squares in the world, El which allows you to enjoy a good view, valid so even without the visit to the Capitoline museums; I recommend it to everyone.
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  • Very careful square, huge statues that ensure beautiful pictures. Worth in the right side of the Victory Monument Emmanuelle because avoids stairs on the other side.
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  • Museums itself were ok, lots of sculptures. Some were pretty interesting in the way the eyes were portrayed, and some were made of beautiful marble. The best part though is the view you get of the Roman forum (the ruins behind the colosseum).
  • For the rather steep entrance price (I'm not sure if you can avoid the additional charge for the special exhibition, it may be worth asking about this) you get to meander through three rather oddly connected buildings (there is an underground corridor and various connections through staircases) with many sculptures and paintings. There's definitely a lot to see here, and I like the fact that they use NFC to tag the statues, making it very easy to look up the history by scanning them with your smartphone.
  • While not as famous or prestigious as many of the world’s other important museums, the Capitoline Museum is considered the world’s oldest and perhaps even the world's very first public museum. The museum is located in the heart of Rome in two buildings designed by Michelangelo. During my trip to Rome I also did a private Vatican Museum tour. In comparison to the Vatican, I thought that this museum was refreshing, in so that I could take in all the highlights without a guide in only a few hours. Yes the museum can be a little tricky to navigate, but it not nearly as exhaustive as making your way around the Vatican labyrinth. The museum‘s collection contains many of the most important works of art from Roman antiquity and the Italian renaissance including:Colossus of Constantine (fragments) ; The Capitoline Wolf ; Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius ; Dying Gaul ; Boy with Thorn ; Sosus of Pergamon ; Medusa (Bernini). For me the entrance price was worth it just to see the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius. It amazes me that this statue has been able to survive since antiquity, considering the sackings of Rome, the middle ages, countless wars, and the massive salvaging performed by the early Roman Catholics to construct churches.
  • Terribly badly organised. Try finding the famous mosaic of the theatrical masks: upstairs downstairs in the other building through the tunnel and back again. Try identifying the busts of the philosophers. BAH! Toilets in basement too small, no seats. Hugely expensive.
  • If you are visiting then have this museum as must visiting place in your list. This place is absolutely a treasure which teaches you about ancient rome..