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“Some great artefacts here!”
Review of Musei Capitolini

Musei Capitolini
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Rome Capitoline Museums Skip-the-Line Tour with Capitoline Square
Ranked #51 of 1,967 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 17 November 2013

This is definitely worth a visit whilst you are in Rome. When you go in, you have to leave your bags in a locker, and then you can go freely around the museum. It is split across two buildings, one on each side of the Piazza, which are connected by an underground tunnel, so you don't have to exit the buildings.
The best bit for me was the Dying Gaul and the Capitoline Wolf, but there are so many statues and amazing ancient artefacts here. I would definitely recommend a visit.

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

We came here when it started raining on an afternoon, and spent about 2.5 hours to explore this big museum with Ancient Rome sculptures and art at its two buildings, the Palazzo del Conservatori and the Palazzo Nuovo. Excellent collections and much less crowded than the Vatican Museums. I was fascinated by the many works such as the colossal head of Constantine, the bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, the Capitoline She-wolf that is symbolic of Rome, busts of the Emperors, and paintings such as Caravaggio's 'John the Baptist' and 'The Fortune Teller' in the picture gallery.

The downsides were it would have been better if signage was more helpful, and they were more clear on which art can and cannot be captured on camera, we saw guards kept telling visitors not to take pictures of some. We didn't know either that the only way to the other museum is through the attached underground passageway, and not by crossing the Piazza. It may help to get information prior from their detailed website, or bring a guidebook of some sort to help you.

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

I'm not sure how you could come to Rome and not see this museum - time permitting of course. It has some amazing works of art. I thought about mentioning my favorite sculpture, but couldn't get the list below five. The museum was not crowded. It's spread over three buildings that are attached underground (so one main entrance). One of the buildings is now just to get incredible views of the Forum. Great photo op. We spent about 3 hours here.

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Reviewed 14 November 2013

This museum is not as crowded as the Vatican Museum - which is a real big plus. You can wander unfettered along the corridors, taking your own sweet time to admire and contemplate the historic masterpieces of Ancient Rome. And if you are a shutterbug, it means you can take really nice uninterrupted pictures too. Those who been to VM will appreciate the lightness of not being crushed and pushed along by hordes and hordes of people!. Its is so much more pleasant here. And this museum is by no means inferior to its more famous cousin - Vatican Museum. It has some really great masterpieces from Ancient Rome that are not available in VM. Most notable are the Colossal Constantine, the Capitoline She-Wolf (the most iconic symbol of Ancient Rome) and the very elegant equestrian Marcus Aurelius. And it is HUGE, so many things to see. There is also a nice café at the 2nd floor - from its terrace, you can get a picturesque view of Rome with its many church domes adorning its charming skyline.

On a few practical matters -
1. The museum is spread over 2 buildings connected by an underground tunnel. It is rather confusing to navigate your way around and signages are not good.
2. While there are many really great masterpieces unique to only this museum, they are not very well explained or documented. So you need to get your audioguide or like in my case - I went to the official website - found out all the most important masterpieces and read up on the information at the website (yes much more useful then the information on site).
3. Be focused on zero in on all the most important pieces first. And even that would take you 2-3 hours at the very least. Still in comparison to Vatican, you can see more here in view of the lower volume of visitors.

If it is not for shortcoming 1 and 2 - I would have gladly given this a 5star rating. While you are here, don't forget to spend some time strolling in the Piazza del Campidoglio and from there find the best spot for a commanding view over the Roman Forum.

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Quirky layout in an interesting and beautiful setting. Be patient, get your bearings then enjoy. Some of the world's finest statues reside here along side some stunning paintings. An added bonus is an unrivalled view of the ancient forum (spectacular photo opportunity). Decent gift shop to browse as you exit.

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