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Musei Capitolini

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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

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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Musei Capitolini

Rome has the most incredible museums in the western world. The Capitolini should not be missed. It contains a collection of marble statues and portraits of Greek philosophers... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2012
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

Rome has the most incredible museums in the western world. The Capitolini should not be missed. It contains a collection of marble statues and portraits of Greek philosophers, politicians, writers -- classic sculpture copied by the Romans. The Greeks were master sculptors and the Romans empire builders. The Romans could not improve on the beauty mastered by the Greek sculptors... More 

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Reviewed 27 April 2012

This must be seen to be believed. You are reading the actual documents - no copies here. Exceptionally well displayed but you will need quite a few hours to enjoy and absorb what you are looking at. For me, the Henry V111 request (demand!) to the Pope for the annullment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon was the most... More 

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Lux in Arcana is one of the best museum exhibits I have seen. If you love history, this exhibit has some fascinating historical documents front the Vatican's private archives. There are documents written by Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Marie Antoinette, St. Bernadette, and a lot more. The exhibit displays give you lots of useful information. Expect to spend a few hours... More 

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Reviewed 22 April 2012

First of all dont be put off by the queues as the museum is vast and the crowds seem to melt way as soon as you go in. The ticket prices are reasonable at €8.50 and for over 65s (take id) €6.50 children under 12 are free. You can have an audio guide for €5 but we were quite happy... More 

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Reviewed 20 April 2012

This is my personal favorite of the attractions in the heart of the ancient city. Even before entering the museum, one is met with the glory of the piazza desiged by Michaelangelo. This museum has some of the best known pieces of ancient art, including the original bronze Capitoline wolf, the dying Gaul, and the original statue of Marcus Aurelius... More 

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Reviewed 19 April 2012

We felt this was the best in Rome. When we were there, they featured the Lux In Arcana where they showed books from the Vatican Archives (wow!). That was actually good enough for us, but you have to see the whole museum (BIG!). We rented the audio guide to help us navigate this huge museum, and we felt it was... More 

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Reviewed 15 April 2012

The contents of the museum was good, but we found this facility to be confusing. It is hard to follow the map and there are not a lot of signs to indicate how to get from one building to another. The handsets were helpful in understanding many of the artifacts. Be ready to hand over your passport/ID when renting the... More 

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Reviewed 14 April 2012

So many scenes in Rome celebrate Italy's mid-evil culture, the renassaince and later. This museum truly captures ancient Rome and its pre-christian period. The statutes celebrate the beauty and brutality of humanity and an early time of enlightment. As the former seat of the Empire, the terrace view of the forum the capotiline to the coleseum is fantastic. This is... More 

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Reviewed 13 April 2012

We enjoyed our visit to this museum, which sits astride Michelangelo's Piazza del Campidoglio on Capitoline Hill. We especially enjoyed the current display from the Vatican's Secret Archives. We also had lunch at the museum cafe. The food was acceptable and the views over Rome very pleasant. One odd note: if you are a man carrying even a small bag... More 

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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Our goal was to haunt the history of Rome, which means on this second visit to the Capitoline Museums we wanted to gaze again on the treasures of Rome and its past. Capitoline Hill is in the center of Rome, next to the Forum and there are beautiful steps that lead up to the plaza with the famous statue of... More 

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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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