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Capitoline Museum Tour

 

New Wing

The centrepiece of the new great glass covered hall - the Sala Marco Aurelio - created by covering the Giardino Romanois the bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, which was once in the centre of Piazza del Campidoglio and has been kept indoors ever since its modern restoration. Moving these statues out of the palazzo allows those sculptures temporarily moved to the Centrale Montemartini to be brought back. It also houses the remaining fragments of the bronze colossus of Constantine and the archaeological remains of the tuff foundations of the temple of Capitoline Jupiter, with a model, drawn and computer reconstructions and finds dating from the earliest occupation on the site (in the mid Bronze Age: 17th-14th centuries B.C.) to the foundation of the temple (6th century BC).

Capitoline Hill

Capitoline Hill, once political and religious centre of the town, today seat of the Municipality. The stairway leads to the Piazza del Campidoglio, magnificent result of a single project by Michelangelo, with a copy of the most famous equestrian statue in the world, the statue of Marcus Aurelius, in the middle. Behind Piazza del Campidoglio you will find a natural terrace providing the best panoramic point over the valley of the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

 

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Capitoline Museums

Capitoline Museums Tours

The Capitoline Museums are a group of art and archeological museums in Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of the famous Capitoline Hill in Rome, Italy. The museums are contained in three palazzi surrounding a central trapezoidal piazza in a plan conceived by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536 and executed over a period of over 400 years. The history of the museums can be traced to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of important ancient bronzes to the people of Rome and located them on Capitoline Hill. Since then, the museums' collection has grown to include a large number of ancient Roman statues, inscriptions, and other artifacts; a collection of medieval and Renaissance art; and collections of jewels, coins, and other items.

 

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Marcus Aurelius

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This tour can be done as half day tour combined with the Roman Forum and Colosseum and it is included in our photography tours - Adventures the the Lens.

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The museum houses the busts of Cicero, Julius Caesar, Nero, Homer, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The adjoining picture gallery is also rich in important works of art which include amongst others, two beautiful paintings by Caravaggio. The two buildings of the museum are connected via a subterranean tunnel that runs beneath the imposing structure of the Roman Tabularium (first century BC), from which you can enjoy the best view of the entire valley of the Roman Forum, with all its vestiges of ancient glory.

See the splendid gilded bronze statue of Hercules, the formidable statue of Mars in full military dress, the pensive Group of Polyphemus, the Drunken Faun carved from ancient red marble, the equally splendid Centaur, and dozens of other extraordinary sculptures. Above all, you can admire the perfection of the original bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, with its minute attention to detail. The copy of this statue stands in Piazza Campidoglio.

You'll come across the very famous remains of the colossal statue of the Emperor Constantine, his head, hand and foot all etched with their long history. The Dying Gaul will touch you with his pained expression and show of courage. ANd of course the legendary statue of the She-wolf created in an Etruscan workshops from the 5th century BC, which has since become a symbol of the city.

Campidoglio

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See how Rome evolved from humble beginnings into one of the world's most famous empires on a walking tour into Rome's past. This comprehensive walking tour encompasses Rome's legendary origins and modern grandeur, highlighting Rome's architectural magnificence.

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Capitoline Museums and Origins of Rome Walking Tour

Duration: 3hrs

Cost: $52.00 pp

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The tour begins at Trajan's Column in the Imperial Fora, where your guide will place the Capitoline in context with the modern Victor Emmanuel II Monument (Il Vittoriano), a major monument commemorating the Italian Revolution and unification.

From the Vittoriano, you will walk up Michelangelo's famous Renaissance staircase to Piazza Campidoglio atop the Capitoline Hill, where the ancient bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius awaits you. One of the seven hills of Rome, the Capitoline was the first capitol of the Roman world. It was from this hill that we derive the word "capitol".

The tour includes a comprehensive visit inside the Capitoline Museums (entrance tickets included in tour price), the oldest public museum collection in the world. Founded by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471, the Capitoline Museums house famous pieces of art such as the Dying Gaul, Capitoline Venus, the colossal bronze sculpture of Marcus Aurelius, the Capitoline She-Wolf, Bernini's Medusa, and the colossal statue remains of Constantine.

Enjoy one of the best views of the Roman Forum from the Tabularium underneath the Capitoline Museums before re-emerging in Michelangelo's Piazza Campidoglio.

Your visit of the Capitoline Hill concludes with magnificent views of Rome's skyline on the terraces of the Victor Emmanuel Monument.

 

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