Capitoline Hill & Museums
Located in the elegant Piazza della Campidoglio (designed by Michelangelo) on
top of Capitoline Hill, the
Capitoline Museums house a world-class collection of art and archeology.
in 1471 when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of bronze statues to
the people of Rome, the museum did not officially open to the public
until 1734. By then a number of Popes had donated more art and historic
treasures to the collection and it was becoming significant, spreading
throughout the buildings surrounding the piazza.
Over the years, these buildings have proved unsuitable or damp and the museum's spaces have been renovated, restructured and expanded. The Roman Garden space has now been enclosed with a large glass roof to create yet another exhibition space.
The collection of the museums includes important bronze sculptures, a collection of paintings and statues declared 'pagan' by Pope Pius V and moved out of the Vatican, porcelain, coins and medals and archeological materials unearthed in Rome during its expansion after becoming capital of the newly unified Italy in 1870.
Tours & Tickets
See Rome on this full-day tour from Florence, which includes a pass for the hop-on, hop-off bus tour. This is an easy way to see the Eternal City, taking away ... Read more
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
All roads lead to Rome. This 2-day tour makes exploring the Eternal City easy, taking away any stress of booking train tickets, a hotel and sightseeing ... Read more
Duration: 2 days (approx.)
Explore Rome's ancient art history in style on a private walking tour with an art expert. Accompanied by your own private guide who specializes in art history, ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)