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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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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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  • It's easy to read about this piazza in books, how Michelangelo had to work with existing buildings at odd angles, but until you see it in action you can't get a sense of just how stunningly elegant th...  more »
  • Magnificent architecture, plenty of amazing statues and lovely views. Hunt out the wolf and Romulus and Remus - its smaller than you think. A place just to wander and contemplate Rome of days past.  more »
  • From the terrace behind the museum there is a great view of the Roman Forum. The museum designed by Michelangelo is also very interesting.  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..