Piazza del Campidoglio Tours

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Piazza del Campidoglio
The first modern civic square in Rome, Piazza del Campidoglio was designed by Michelangelo in 1536. Perched at the top of the Capitoline Hill overlooking the Roman Forum, the space is lined by the monumental Cordonata staircase and three Renaissance palaces, now home to city hall and the Capitoline Museums. 

The Basics
Piazza del Campidoglio was commissioned by Pope Paul III on the occasion of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V’s visit, and Michelangelo laid out the square to face St. Peter’s Basilica, turning its back on the Roman Forum. He also designed new facades for Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Senatorio and built Palazzo Nuovo to complement the older palaces. Today, Palazzo Senatorio houses city hall, and the other two palaces house the Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini), with vast collections of classical sculpture, Renaissance paintings, and archaeological artifacts. Michelangelo also designed the square’s sweeping Cordonata Steps, unique geometric paving, and setting for the central equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. 

Piazza del Campidoglio is a stop on many guided walking, bike, and Segway tours of Rome’s highlights. Guided city tours generally visit other top attractions such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon and may include skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum and Vatican. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is no shade in the square, so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen if visiting on foot or bike in the hot summer months.
  • The square is flat and well paved, easily navigable by wheelchair or with a stroller.
  • Photography enthusiasts will enjoy the view from the square atop the Capitoline Hill.
  • There are no restaurants or cafés along the square, but the museum has a rooftop café overlooking Rome.

How to Get There
Piazza del Campidoglio is located behind the famous Vittoriano monument in Piazza Venezia, where a number of bus and tram lines stop. You can also take metro line B to the Colosseo stop and walk about 10 minutes to Piazza del Campidoglio.

When to Get There
With no shade, Piazza del Campidoglio can be very hot during the midday hours. Time your visit for early in the morning or later in the afternoon, when the temperatures are milder and the light better for photographs. 

Highlights of the Capitoline Museums 
The Capitoline Museums on Piazza del Campidoglio are home to a number of important works of art, including the Capitoline Wolf (Lupa capitolina), a bronze statue of Romulus and Remus suckling a she-wolf; and The Dying Gaul (Galata Morente), dating from ancient Rome. There are also masterpieces by Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona, and Guercino.
Address: Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome, Province of Rome, Italy
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Classical Rome City Tour with Trevi Fountain and Pantheon

Get more bang for your buck by booking this guided 3-hour tour of Rome's greatest hits – from fountain-studded Piazza Navona to the intimate Campo de' Fiore to the winding lanes of the Centro Storico. By foot and private coach, the 3-hour tour is a great way to see the best of the Eternal City. Or upgrade to a full-day tour (with or without lunch) to see even more: the sites of Imperial Rome and even the Church of St. Peter in Chains with its magnificent Michelangelo sculptures. Then finish the day with a skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Imperial Rome Afternoon Tour

Indulge in all things Imperial Rome with this informative and entertaining 3-hour guided afternoon tour. Traverse the city on foot and by comfortable coach as you hit all the important sites related to the Roman Empire,including the Forum, Capitoline Hill, the Circus Maximus and a skip-the-line Colosseum tour. And bonus: pop into the Church of St. Peter in Chains to see some marvelous Michelangelo sculptures, including his masterpiece, 'Moses.'
  • Duration: 3 hours
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AROUND ITALY: ROME 1 DAY excursion from Milan

AROUND ITALY: ROME 1DAY INDIVIDUAL EXCURSION FROM MILAN Discover by yourself the wonderful city of Rome Every day from Milan Central Station Train from Milan Central Station to Rome. Lenght of Travel: approx 3 hours and 15 minutes. Includes: High speed train ticket Milan/Rome/Milan economy class 3 courses lunch in restaurant with one mineral water
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour

See ancient Roman ruins and more on this 3-hour morning or afternoon walking tour. You’ll visit key sites like the Colosseum, Roman Forum as you learn about the notorious gladiator competitions of old. Plus, stop for photo ops at the Trevi Fountain among other landmarks. If you want a more personalized experience, upgrade to a small-group tour for 12 people.
  • Duration: 3 to 3.30 hrs
  • Duration: 3 to 3.30 hrs
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Percy Jackson and the Olympian Gods Tour at the Capitoline Museums

Come face to face with the characters from the Percy Jackson novels on this educational and entertaining walking tour. Visit the Capitoline Museums to learn about ancient Olympian gods, goddesses, and mystical creatures. The museums’ collections feature masterpieces like the bust of the poet Homer, the Capitoline Wolf, and Boy With Thorn. Your guide uses scavenger hunts, quizzes, games, and multimedia tools to encourage discussion and conversation about the the mythical creatures in the Jackson novels.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Civitavecchia shore excursion : Rome highlights and Vatican

Discover the best that Rome has to offer on this full-day private shore excursion from Civitavecchia. Visit all the main attractions including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Vatican Museums. Learn about the city’s ancient history as you stroll through the winding streets and busy alleyways with your tour guide. This tour is ideal for visitors who are short on time and what to experience the highlights of Rome. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Rome For Kids: Ancient Rome Scavenger Hunt Tour

Explore the sights of Ancient Rome in a kid-friendly way with a scavenger hunt, starting at the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius on Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill). Following a guide, set off on a 2.5-hour walking tour past the Roman Forum and Trajan’s Column, and listen to stories about Rome’s imperial glory days. You’ll also enter the Colosseum. Tour is limited to 15 people to provide a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Rome in a Day Segway Tour

Make the most of your time in Rome with a full-day Segway tour that allows you to experience more of the Eternal City. After a lesson on riding the Segway, set out to see monuments of ancient Rome including the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio) and Circus Maximus. Admire the Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and much more, traveling in a small group with a maximum of six participants for a more personalized tour. Your guide shares the history and culture of Rome, providing a comprehensive overview of the city.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Rome Private Segway Tour

Explore the Eternal City the fun and easy way on a private 3.5-hour Segway tour. Cover much more ground than walking with none of the fatigue as you roll through charming piazzas and winding historic streets on a self-balancing electric scooter. Your private guide can customize the itinerary based on your interests, whether you want to see colossal ancient monuments, tucked-away treasures or masterpieces of Renaissance art.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Ancient Rome Bike Tour

The magnificent ruins of Ancient Rome are dotted all around the city, but the labyrinth streets and cobbled lanes of the historic center are not always accessible to vehicles. Saddle up for this 3-hour bike tour of Rome instead and tick off top attractions such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and Capitoline Hill.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Discover Rome 3-Hour Bike Tour

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  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Focus on the masterpieces housed in Rome’s Capitoline Museums without wasting a minute by joining a small-group guided tour featuring skip-the-line tickets. Inside, you'll see highlights of the collection: paintings by masters like Rubens and Tintoretto; as well as classical bronzes like the “Capitoline Wolf” and the “The Boy with Thorn.” Outside, you can admire Piazza del Campidoglio, the square designed by Michelangelo and home to the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius.
  • Duration: 150 to 180 minutes
  • Duration: 150 to 180 minutes
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Rome Walking Tour: Piazza Venezia and Ancient Rome

Get to know your way around Rome and learn about its ancient landmarks at the same time. During a short walking tour, you'll explore Piazza Venezia and the enclave of Ancient Rome, discovering the Colosseum, Campidoglio Hill, Roman Forum, and Trajan's Forum. Stroll through centuries of history with your guide and a small-group of just 20 people, and hear the stories behind some of the capital's most iconic sights.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Rome Highlights Segway Tour with Optional Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket

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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Electric Bike Small-Group Tour - The Great Beauty

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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Classic Rome 3-Hour Segway Tour

Explore the classic sights of Rome with ease on a 3-hour Segway tour, which allows you to cover more ground than you would by walking but still be outside to soak up the local atmosphere and views. Starting in the Jewish Ghetto neighborhood, cruise through Rome’s historical center to see squares and landmarks like Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Colosseum, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Tour is limited to only four people to provide a small-group experience with a guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rome by Night Walking Tour

See a new perspective on Rome’s most popular ancient landmarks when you embark on this nighttime walking tour. Meet your guide in front of the Colosseum and admire the UNESCO-listed site lit up after dark. Next, you’ll continue to Trajan’s Column, Capitoline Hill, the Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, and more. Learn the history from your guide, explore Rome when the streets are quieter, and enjoy the landmarks without the crowds.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour - Capitoline Museums - Rome

Visit the Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums) with a private guide on this tour of the world's oldest public museum complex. You'll have the chance to see sculptures, frescoes, and antiquities that date back to ancient Rome, plus admire a view of the Roman Forum.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Half-Day Rome Tour with Electric Bikes

Maximize time in Rome with a small group, half-day tour featuring electric bikes. This eco-friendly tour covers ground quickly and easily, so you see more of Rome in less time. Electric bikes have access to places that cars can’t reach and require barely any pedaling. See top landmarks including the Colosseum and Villa Borghese along with the charming cobbled streets of the neighborhood of Trastevere.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Roman Rome from the Capitol to the Trajan Column and Forum: an Unforgettable Tour

Climbing the Stairs to the Capitol, the Town Hall centre of Rome's first government, even now remains so. The Site is magical; the square with its buildings were restructured by Michelangelo in16C. It overlooks most of Rome. At its centre is the famous 2ndC bronze Equestrian Monument to Marcus Aurelius. Now a replica, you will see the original visiting the first Museum: this sculpture is still in its original gilt bronze. Poised under a glass pavilion especially built,all is full of light and colour emanating from the Roman sky. Half way through the Museum, your guide will offer a coffee on the terrace of its cafe' which opens on a magnificent vista of Rome towards St Peter. You will return by the Lapidarium from where you will see the Roman Forum, its arches, street and buildings, and will descend on to Piazza Venenzia to the Trajan Forum and its Column. All will be illustrated by your Classical Expert Guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Gems of Rome-Ebike tour with Gastronomy Experience

Cover ground quickly with this half-day e-bike tour in Rome! Start with a typical Italian breakfast of cappuccino and a pastry, then head out on an e-bike to zip through several scenic neighborhoods including Aventino hill.See popular landmarks such as the Colosseo and the Fontana di Trevi. Led by an art historian guide.This experience also includes tipical Italian ice cream .
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Bike Tour: Discover Rome in 3-Hours

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  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sunrise in Rome- Ebike tour with Coffee Tasting

Explore Rome on this easy cycling tour during the magical early morning hours. Discover some hidden gems as well as see popular spots around the city with the help of a guide. Catch the sun rising over the Roman Forum then ride across the Trastevere towards Gianicolo Hill where you’ll enjoy an Italian breakfast. The tour wraps up with a visit to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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