Capitoline Hill and Museums - Rome
The Capitoline Museums, Rome’s oldest, are considered to be the world’s first public museum. The museums are housed in two buildings, the Palazzo dei Conservatori and the Palazzo Nuovo, connected via an underground passageway. The museums overlook a beautiful square designed by Michelangelo in 1536, the Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of Capitoline Hill. In the center of the open square, there is a replica of the famous Roman Equestrian statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (pictured above). The square overlooks the Roman Forum, offering visitors one of the best views of the ancient ruins.
The museums house an impressive and massive collection of Renaissance paintings, bronze Greco-Roman sculptures, and archaeological artifacts. View old masters’ paintings by Rubens and Tintoretto. Admire bronze sculptures, including the “Capitoline Wolf” (pictured below), a symbol of Rome. The famous sculpture of the She-Wolf suckling the twins, Remus and Romulus, represents the ancient legend of the founding of Rome. Other treasures include marble pieces of the “Colossus of Constantine,” the busts of “Commodus as Hercules” and “Medusa,” an ancient bronze statue of “Spinario, Boy Extracting a Thorn,” and the 2nd century “Capitoline Venus.”
Open daily. Closed New Year’s Day, May 1 and Christmas Day. The museum is in the center of Rome, a short walk from the Roman Forum or Piazza Venezia.
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Get Skip-the-Line tickets and enjoy quick easy access to the museums on a Small Group Tour. Combine your museum visit with a tour of Rome. Or book a Private Tour of the Capitoline Museums and learn about art history from an archaeologist or art historian guide as you explore the museum’s impressive collection.