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.
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