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Musei Capitolini, Rome

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Musei Capitolini, 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 Musei Capitolini can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It’s a museum of art in Rome so contents are delightful, however the staff are spectacularly rude, demanding and obstructive, have difficulty communicating (not just language related, they just tell.....  more
    It’s a museum of art in Rome so contents are delightful, however the staff are spectacularly rude, demanding and obstructive, have difficulty communicating (not just language related, they just tell.....  more »
  • I have waited decades to see the statues in this museum. I had a heart in the throat moment when I wen to the hall of the she-wolf, and the iconic Romulus and Remus statue wasn't there -- ! There is.....  more
    I have waited decades to see the statues in this museum. I had a heart in the throat moment when I wen to the hall of the she-wolf, and the iconic Romulus and Remus statue wasn't there -- ! There is.....  more »
  • Wonderful museum. Staff at the cafè, however, look tired and can be curt. Unfortunately, moreover, there was a very rude bathroom janitor on the 1st floor, impersonating a bouncer or doorman, I... 
    Wonderful museum. Staff at the cafè, however, look tired and can be curt. Unfortunately, moreover, there was a very rude bathroom janitor on the 1st floor, impersonating a bouncer or doorman, I...  more »
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  • Pretty good museum! Sometimes it was quite overwhelming, unfortunately I had to rush through it, but if you want to read all the information about the collection you can spend a whole day within this museum! TIP: In the middle of an underground tunnel there's a staircase that leads to one of the best places to overlook the Roman forum!
  • This Museum should definitely be on your go-to list for a trip to Rome longer than one day and probably even on your one day list if you're going to The Forum area. The giant equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius is worth the trip by itself as are the remaining fragments of the Colossus of Constantine. If you're really interested in Classics or things Roman and old, this Museum should at least get a 2-hour piece of your schedule if not longer. And when you're done take a walk around outside and look at the view of the Forum it's at an angle that you won't see from most places.
  • Absolutely wonderful museum on one of the most historic hills in Rome! So much ancient art, along with plenty of Renaissance and early modern pieces! A great history lesson for the inner city, including bronze and iron age settlements.
  • Absolutely fantastic!! Some of the best stuff and unlike almost all other places in Rome it has detailed descriptions under each painting and major work and for each room which gives a lot of detail. Highly recommend.
  • Absolutely fantastic. I wasn't sure what to expect going in. The Piazza was stunning, the buildings were beautiful...and then you go inside. This is one of those places that blows your mind over and over again. You think you've seen everything, looking at the frescos, then you find a wall full of the names of the officials of Rome, carved at the time they were in office. Then you find an enormous statue of Marcus Aurelius. THEN you find THE TEMPLE OF JUPITER. 100% worth a visit. If you only go into one place during a visit to Rome, make it this place.

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