The Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini) are archeological and art museums located in Piazza Campidoglio at the top of ... More
The Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini) are archeological and art museums located in Piazza Campidoglio at the top of Capitoline Hill. Michelangelo redesigned the buildings making generous use of giant order columns, a novelty at the time. The museums are made up of the Palazzo Senatorio , Palazzo dei Conservatori, Palazzo Caffarelli-Clementino, and the Palazzo Nuovo, all linked by an underground gallery beneath the piazza. A massive collection of ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian sculptures and artifacts are housed at the museums, in addition to more modern pieces. The 1st Century BCE Greco-Roman sculpture Lo Spinario, in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, is one of the collection's most impressive works.
great place and huge. interesting mix of old Roman and Middle Ages. put aside time to really take it all in.....read as much of the desciptions as possible. very enjoyable experience.....remember there are 3 floors/levels to the museum. enjoy!
As other reviewers have mentioned, the museum has some fantastic exhibits. Outside of the exhibits, two other things stand out. First, from the musuem you can go out onto a balcony that overlooks the Forum. This is the perfect location for snapping photos of the Forum with the Colisseum in the background - very impressive. Second, there is a roof-top seating area for the snack bar. Wow! - you can see great views of Rome from up there, it's worth the price of admission just to go up onto the roof. Highly recommended.
Don't miss the she-wolf, the head and hand parts of Constantine's statues in the yard (it has been really enormous). The Marcus Aurelius statue is a must see too, the original is inside, a copy is in the square.
The view of the Foro Romano and Coloseo from the left wing is another must see
After walking through the Forum, climb the steep steps up to the back of the Capotiline Hill. The square has a magnificent bronze equestrian statute of Hadrian and a staute of Roma. Inside the two museums (one ticket for both) you can see many centuries of Roman and Italian art, from Roman busts and the original statute of Romulus and Remus suckling the she-wolf, to paintings of Caravaggio and others. The rooms are wonderful, as are the views. The European Constitution was just signed here in October 2004. The Roman antiquities are breath taking- the Dying Gaul and Aphrodite, St. Helen and all the Roman emperors, and the partial remains of a colossal statue of Constantine in the courtyard. If you have time for only one Roman musuem, this should be it!
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