Capitoline Hill & Museums Tours

One of the most elegant public spaces in Rome, Capitoline Hill is the site of Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo in 1536. This piazza overlooking the Roman Forum includes an open square, three Renaissance palace museums—Palazzo dei Conservatori, Palazzo Senatorio, and Palazzo Nuovo—and Cordonata, a monumental staircase. The square’s three palazzi house the Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini), considered the world’s first public museum. The vast collections include classical sculpture, Renaissance paintings, and archaeological finds.

The Basics
The Capitoline Museums, established in 1471 by Pope Sixtus IV and opened to the public in 1734, house collections spread between the three palazzi linked by an underground gallery and Palazzo Caffarelli-Clementino, just off the piazza. The scope of the collection is comparable to that of the Vatican Museums, so a private tour led by an expert guide who concentrates on the highlights is the best way to visit. This is one of Rome’s most important museum sites, so expect long lines to enter; joining a group tour in advance will allow you to skip the line.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There are two separate entrances for visitors with limited mobility, available on request.
  • Book a private tour guide to avoid the long lines during the museum’s frequent special exhibitions. 
  • Strollers are allowed in the museum, but large bags and backpacks must be checked in the free cloakroom.
  • The museum has a rooftop cafe with a beautiful view over Rome.

How to Get to There
The main entrance to the Capitoline Museums is through Palazzo dei Conservatori in Piazza del Campidoglio, which is located behind the famous Vittoriano monument in Piazza Venezia. There are a number of bus and tram lines that stop in Piazza Venezia, or you can take the metro to the Colosseo stop and walk about 10 minutes to Piazza del Campidoglio.

When to Get There
The Capitoline Museums are open daily from 9:30am to 7:30pm, with last admission one hour before closing. Like most of Rome's most famous repositories of art, the site is crowded year-round, though numbers peak in summer and during special exhibitions. The best time to visit is first thing in the morning, or during the quieter winter months.

Capitoline Museum Highlights
A number of important works of art are housed in the Capitoline Museums' collections, including the “Capitoline Wolf,” a bronze statue of Romulus and Remus suckling a she-wolf, and “The Dying Gaul,” an ancient Roman sculpture of a dying soldier. There are also masterpieces by Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona, and Guercino.

Location
Address: Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186, Italy
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Hours: Open daily 9:30am-7:30pm
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Admission: € 15 for adults
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Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Small-Group Walking Tour Including Pantheon and Piazza Navona

See the best parts of Rome without waiting with a skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome. Walk through the Roman Forum and Capitoline Hill, once the center of the Roman Empire. Visit the oblong Piazza Navona, once a massive Roman circus. Tour the iconic Colosseum without wasting time in a queue. With a group size of 18 people at most, you'll get just the right amount of attention from your guide.
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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.
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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.
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24 or 48hr Rome Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Skip-the-line Colosseum

Combine the convenience of a guided tour with the flexibility of independent travel on a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour of Rome. Along the way, enjoy a skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum and four optional walking tours, taking in sights such as Castel Sant’Angelo, Capitoline Hill, St. Peter Basilica, the Spanish steps, and the Pantheon.
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Private Half-Day Tour of Rome with Chauffeur

See the best that Rome has to offer on a 4-hour private tour of the city. Discover the highlights of the ‘Eternal City’ such as the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and much more. Listen to informative commentary from your driver/guide about the history of the 2000-year old city as you drive past the monuments.
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Rome: Full-Day Tour From Civitavecchia Port

When your cruise ship pulls into the Civitavecchia Port, take a private day trip into Rome to see its top sights in the comfort of a private vehicle. During the 7-hour tour of the Eternal City, check out the ancient remains of the Roman Forum and Colosseum, the architecture of St Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain, and the views from Palatine and Capitoline hills.
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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.' 
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Rome Capitoline Museums Skip-the-Line Tour with Capitoline Square

View the classical sculptures and paintings at Rome’s Capitoline Museums on a skip-the-line small-group tour. With a Blue Badge guide to introduce the highlights and their history, take in Michelangelo-designed Capitoline Square before bypassing the lines for the museums. Admire must-sees like the Capitoline Wolf she-wolf sculpture, the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, and paintings by Tintoretto, Rubens, and other masters. Headsets to clearly hear your guide included, with entrance fees at own expense.
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Vatican Morning and Ancient Rome Segway Tour Super Saver Package

Maximise your time in Rome with a full-day tour that takes in the highlights of Vatican City and Ancient Rome. Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel in the morning, then zip around the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Capitoline Hill on a fun Segway tour in the afternoon.
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Rome Private Full Day Tour with Private Minivan and English-speaking driver

Get an insider's look at Rome on this full-day guided walking and driving tour of the Eternal City. Learn the cities secrets and see some hidden gems as the professional guide leads you around this bustling town, starting off at the Colosseum before heading to the Circus Maximus.
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Rome Colosseum and Ancient Ruins Private Skip-the-Line Tour

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Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Rome Tour from Civitavecchia Cruise Port

Make the most of your time in port in Civitavecchia with a full-day tour of Rome. With a small group of two to four people, explore the city by luxury vehicle. Discover the glory of ancient Rome with a visit to the mighty Colosseum, the Imperial Forum or Capitoline Hill; stop for coffee at lively Piazza Navona; or pose for photos on the Spanish Steps. Best of all: this shore excursion is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your ship.
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Private Tour: Imperial Rome Art History Walking Tour

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Private Limousine Tour: Best of Rome

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Ancient Rome Segway Small Group Tour

Discover the sights of Ancient Rome in a modern way on a Segway tour. Cruise effortlessly by the Colosseum and Roman Forum, soaking up the historical atmosphere and views. Allowing you to cover more ground than a walking tour but still be outside, a Segway is the ideal way to explore Rome’s fascinating architecture, squares and hills. Tour is limited to six people to provide a small-group experience.
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Rome Highlights and Hidden Gems With a Local

While in Rome, don't get lost in the crowd. Take a private walking tour with a guide who shares local knowledge of the UNESCO-listed Eternal City and its historical highlights. Choose your departure time and create an itinerary to suit your interests, from a closer look at the Colosseum to the best pizzeria in town. Food tastings included.
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Capitoline Museums Marvels Private Tour

This 2.5-hour tour of the Capitoline Museums allows you to get a picture of Roman history from beginning to end. With an archaeologist or art historian guide, you'll explore the massive collection of the world's oldest archaeological museum.
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Private Tour: The Glory of Ancient Rome and Colosseum Walking Tour

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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.
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Rome by Night with Pizza and Gelato

See the Eternal City come to life after dark on a 4-hour, small-group tour of Rome at night. Kick off your evening over pizza in a classic Roman restaurant, then see the ancient sites and monuments with dramatic illumination. Take in the soaring arches of the Colosseum and the shadowy pillars of the Pantheon, then take a leisurely stroll through Piazza Navona to three picture-perfect fountains. Pause to throw a coin into the Trevi fountain and savor a cup of local gelato before returning to your hotel.
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Rome Super Saver: Colosseum and Ancient Rome with Best of Rome Afternoon Walking Tour

Combine two of the bestselling tours in Rome into one comprehensive sightseeing experience with this Rome Super Saver. You’ll start at the Colosseum for a skip-the-line tour of this ancient amphitheater, followed by a look at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Then spend the afternoon on a walking tour of Rome’s historical center to visit famous landmarks like the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. This tour is limited to 25 people.
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Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

Tour the amphitheater and other sites of Ancient Rome under the atmospheric cover of darkness during this 2.5-hour evening tour. Learn about the ruins of the Roman Forum seen from the Piazza del Campidoglio, and enter the Colosseum after the daytime crowds have disappeared and the temperature has dropped. Visit the arena’s underground chambers, which are closed to most of the public, and stand where gladiators once stood  centuries ago. This tour is limited to 25 people.
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Rome by Night Tour Including Dinner

See the sights of the Eternal City lit up at night on this evening tour of Rome that includes a multicourse dinner. You’ll begin at a restaurant near the Trevi Fountain for a traditional Italian meal of pasta, a meat dish, and dessert. Then take a walk around the area, part of Rome’s historical center, to enjoy the nighttime ambiance before your panoramic city tour of illuminated attractions like the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica. You’ll end in Trastevere.
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Panoramic Rome by Night Tour

See the famous sights of the Eternal City on a Rome night tour. You’ll cruise through the city by coach, admiring landmarks like the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo beautifully illuminated after dark. To enhance your experience, you may upgrade your tour when booking to include a traditional Italian dinner at a local restaurant near the Trevi Fountain.
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