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Musei Capitolini

#50 of 1,426 things to do in Rome
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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
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Address: Piazza del Campidoglio 1, 00186 Rome, Italy
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+39 06 0608
09:30 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:30

The creation of the Capitoline Museums has been traced back to 1471, when...

The creation of the Capitoline Museums has been traced back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of bronze statues of great symbolic value to the People of Rome. The collections are closely linked to the city of Rome, and most of the exhibits come from the city itself.

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The highlight, of course, was the original statue of Marcus Aurelius which used to dominate the square between the two museums. A very interesting collection of statues and... read more

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The highlight, of course, was the original statue of Marcus Aurelius which used to dominate the square between the two museums. A very interesting collection of statues and paintings. The statue of the head of medusa and the centaur were of particular interest as was the bust of Michelangelo. Unfortunately, the room containing "The Dying Gaul" was closed. I'll just... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is spread across two buildings in a piazza behind the Vittorio Emmanuelle monument. The ticket office is on the right as you face Piazza Venezia below. It is not easy to navigate so grab a map. There were two highlights for me: a massive gilded statue of Marcus Aurelias on horseback on the third floor in its own... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There was a queue on our arrival but we were able to gain entry after about an hour (Sunday a.m.). Entry Euro 15.00. The wait was well worth it. The exhibits are outstanding. There is a superb viewing gallery over the Roman Forum from within the gallery and a nice cafeteria for lunches. The large statues are unforgettable: Marcus Aurelius... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some of the stuff are very helpful and others not at all!Ιt was a nice exhibition and free glasses for 3D, for the periodical exhibition

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What better place than the oldest public museum to tell a story about Rome, its culture and history? This place has it all housed in two buildings with almost seven floors in total and you are greeted by the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. You can go around exploring by rooms or by subjects or just important artefacts. Subjects being... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fabulous collection of Roman sculpture. The collection is spread over several several floors of several buildings and is interspersed with paintings, some very impressive. Plan to stay several hours if you want to study the breadth of ancient Roman sculpture. Order tickets early if you are able, the lines can be long. The grandeur of Rome preserved for the... More 

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Beautiful building with stunning interiors. Allow 1/2 day to do it justice. Reasonably price cafe with good views of Rome and the Forum. Watch for seagulls if you take food out on to the terrace.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The collection is exquisite and impressive. And while I loved touring the Colosseum in all its grandeur, this was by far my favorite spot. The view of the Roman Forum is magnificent! It was quiet and peaceful (such a welcome departure from the hustle and bustle elsewhere in Rome!), as we took in the beauty and history laid before us.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here since it's billed as the world's oldest public museum. There's a lot of history here with the sculptures and the different eras. My favorite part was the section on philosophers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was high on my list because of my deep interest in Ancient Roman history. I was expecting long lines and crowds of tourists taking pictures of artwork they didn't really understand. But I was surprised to see it was a peaceful stroll through a beautiful collection of Roman artwork. My favorite was the Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. If... More 

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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
If all roads lead to Rome, then they all end here. Piazza Venezia and the Ancient City are the very epicenter of the Eternal City. Within a 360-degree turn, Roman history unrolls in front of you, from its ancient beginnings to its 21st century transformations. Whether it’s those historical playgrounds known as the Roman and Imperial Forums, or the side-street shops, trattorie, and churches, this neighbourhood packs a cultural punch and then some. Screaming scooters, battling buses, crazy cars, and lots of foot traffic converge in the area all day long. By dusk, a different vibe emerges as the neighbourhood quiets down. Don't be surprised if you find yourself passing through the Piazza Venezia at least once a day, since it’s the most direct way to get from one side of town to another.
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