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“Our Favorite Museum During a Week Long Visit to Rome”
Review of Musei Capitolini

Musei Capitolini
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Private Tour: Ancient Roman Art History Walking Tour
Ranked #49 of 1,503 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.
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“Our Favorite Museum During a Week Long Visit to Rome”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

One can easily OD on religious paintings in Rome... They are often stunning, but can dull the senses as time goes on. While the Capitoline has similar paintings, it is much more a museum of history and ancient artifacts/statues. That, plus the complete lack of crowds during our visit, made it our favorite museum during a recent week in Rome.

Logistics? The walk to the museum from Central Rome was easy. From the beautiful piazza, signage was clear where to buy entry tickets. We are quick but comprehensive site seers, and saw everything in about 90 minutes. As always, and especially with freestyle museums like the Capitoline it is smart to read an overview of the place before showing up, and using the building map provided upon entry to get a sense of how to flow from room to room. We used the grand stairways to go from floor to floor, but there are also elevators. You need to look for them, but there are clean restrooms. There is a sit-down place for refreshments, but one must go outside and around the building, and climb a bit to find it. We found the staff to be mostly aloof, but friendly enough if approached (but don't expect English-speaking). And as noted, crowds during our weekday morning visit were low.

Most memorable things from our visit include stunning views of Ancient Rome from the expansive outdoor terraces in the museum (dynamite for photo's); iconic statues including the Dying Gaul, She Wolf of Rome, and Medusa; fragments of the Colossus of Constantine; and a fascinating (and entertaining) array of death inscriptions from Roman citizens.

The Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, Ancient Rome, and the Pantheon are in a different "world-renowned" league than the Capitoline, but don't overlook it. We like to think of it just as we do places like the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Reputation wise, maybe a notch below other stunning sites in their city, but still amazingly interesting places where the lack of every-day/all-the-time deep crowds better enables a great visit experience.

Visited November 2013
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“A must see....!!!”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

I really enjoyed visiting this museum...very interesting from the 'statues' to the paintings as well...the whole museum impressed me...go visit i recommend folks...with a great view from the top of Capitoline Hill....!!!

Visited October 2013
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“Very nice collection and great views of the Roman Forum and city”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

Very good assortment of different artifacts and a great bonus is the view of the Roman Forum from the windows of the east wing – a lot of great photo opportunities.
We had a bit of trouble figuring out how to get into the east wing (as the ticket booth and entrance is in the west wing). We didn’t realize that the entrance to the opposite wing was underground beneath the courtyard and eventually asked for directions (I hope this is helpful for anyone who may run into the same difficulty).

Visited September 2013
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“So much history”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

This museum had so much history to it. A definite must see on your trip to rome, put it on your check list. So much to see, a great museum.

Visited December 2013
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“The history of Rome at your finger tips”
Reviewed 17 December 2013

This museum contains an extensive collection of art, sculpture, mosaics, and other treasures of Rome. It's a little like the Museum of London in that it contains local artifacts. There are two sides, the west with older artifacts and the east with more recent. There are some good museum guides. I didn't try the audio guides.

When you cross underground between west and east sides of the museum, take the time to go through the passage on the right and up the stairs for a picture-worthy view of the Forum. You'll also find funeral tribute plaques with translations that make the people seem very real.

There's a restaurant on the top floor with outside dining and more wonderful views over the rooftops of Rome. Order from the cashier first, then take your receipt to get your order.

Entrance to the Palazzo Altemps, between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, is included with the ticket.

Visited November 2013
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