Rome Palazzo Senatorio - Capitoline MuseumThe Capitoline Museums are some of the world’s oldest museums dating back to 1471 when Pope Sistux IV donated bronze artifacts to the people of Rome. They were were considered to be of great value, and he housed them in the area of the Capitoline Hill.  The museums have since vastly expanded into a series of building that make up Piazza Campodoglio at the top of the Capitoline Hill. The buildings are connected by an underground gallery. The Capitoline Museums are excellent and some of the best to visit while on a Rome Holiday.

Piazza Campdogio was the design of none other than Michelangelo, who had a vision to revamp this neglected part of the city. The original design called for a bronze statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. However, the bronze statue that stands there today is a copy, the original is housed in the Capitoline Museum.

The buildings that make up the Capitoline Museums are the mid 16th century Palazzo dei Conservatori, redesigned by Michelangelo; and the 17th century Palazzo Nuovo. Recently added to the complex is the 16th century Palazzo Caffarelli-Clementino.

Rome Capitoline Museum Dying GaulOne of the most important and iconic symbols of Rome is at the Palazzo dei Conservatori. The famous 5th century BC bronze Etruscan statue “Lupa Capitolina” (Capitoline Wolf) depicts a mythological She-Wolf nursing Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. Countless replicas adorn the city. It was given to the Roman people by Pope Sixtus IV. Other important works of art at the museums are Bernini’s Medusa, paintings by Caravaggio and works by Van Dyck and Rubens. You can see some amazing art, sculpture and archaeology while on your Rome city break.

There is disabled access to the entire Capitoline Museum but you will need assistance to enter as the main museum entrance has 3 steps. Someone has to go in, pay the admission, then a guard will direct you to the wheelchair entrance. You need to ask a guide on each floor to assist you with the lifts between floors. On the top floor of the Capitoline is a restaurant which provides some of the best views of Rome.

Rome Capitoline MuseumAddress:
Piazza del Campidoglio, 1

Opening hours:
Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
(last admission 1 hour before closing time)

Capitoline Museums Admission:
Adults    € 9,50
18 – 25 years  € 7,50
Children are free

Disabled Access

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