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Musei Capitolini, Rome

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Musei Capitolini, situated in a piazza designed by Michelangelo in 1536, helps visitors to appreciate the many layers of the city’s cultural heritage. This site is actually a group of art and archaeological museums, housed inside palaces recognized as some of the city’s finest examples of medieval architecture. The history of the museums can be traced to the 15th century, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of ancient bronze sculptures to the people of Rome and installed them here. Since then, the museums’ collection has grown to include a large number of ancient Roman, Greek, and Egyptian statues, as well as inscriptions, jewels, medals, mosaics, and coins. The museums’ extensive compendium of art includes a huge number of medieval and Renaissance works, including masterpieces by Bernini and Caravaggio, among many others. There’s so much to see here, one visit may not be enough. The ticket office is situated in the piazza, but you can also book your tickets online. Using our international travel planner, Rome attractions like Musei Capitolini can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If you only have a passing familiarity with Roman or religious iconography, you might enjoy it. On the plus side, if you are on a mission to see all the Caravaggios in Rome, there are 2 beauties. A....  more
    If you only have a passing familiarity with Roman or religious iconography, you might enjoy it. On the plus side, if you are on a mission to see all the Caravaggios in Rome, there are 2 beauties. A....  more »
  • The museum has beautiful artwork, don’t get me wrong, but it does not serve young families. We came here with 2 elementary school kids. Let me explain 1) given kids, we took the children’s... 
    The museum has beautiful artwork, don’t get me wrong, but it does not serve young families. We came here with 2 elementary school kids. Let me explain 1) given kids, we took the children’s...  more »
  • of couse a must see dont miss it and be overwhelmed by the wonderful romans floor after floor of treasures 
    of couse a must see dont miss it and be overwhelmed by the wonderful romans floor after floor of treasures  more »
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  • This museum is huge!! What a beautiful place with outstanding exhibits. We did this in the late afternoon, but I wish that we did it earlier so we weren't so tired from the rest of our day's activities. We didn't do a guided tour, and I wish we had more information/education since there is so much here. They do give you a map which was helpful, but we could've used more knowledge about the significant pieces that are here. Regardless of how you visit, you should definitely visit if you're in Rome. We paid 17€ per ticket and went at 1630 on a Wednesday. It wasn't crazy busy, but there were definitely still quite a bit of people.
  • 10/5! If you have time make sure to walk by this museum, it will take you around two hours to walk it through. There are incredible exhibitions dating back thousands of years (as anyone would expect 🤣). I will just post some pictures to try and paint the picture of what can be seen there. Entrance is around 12 or 15 euros if you want to wait in line (which can be long) or you can pay extra in the agency nearby (or online) and skip the line. Then it’s around 30 euros.
  • You need a couple of hours to walk through all the halls on all 3 floors in order to take in the beauty of the amazing painted, curved, woven, sculpted and replicated pieces of ancient roman art. Absolutely beautiful architecture as well. Kids went free and 13 euros for adults.
  • For me, this museum is the best in Rome. If not better, then just as good as the Vatican museum. Incredible exhibits, from marble statues, to paintings and jewelry, you really see a great part of roman history. It will take you at least 2.5 hours to see everything, but it is definitely worth it. They have locker rooms where you can leave your belongings such as bags, backpacks or umbrellas, as you are not allowed with these in the museum.
  • This museum is amazing with lots and lots of rooms of different sculptures, paintings and ruins from all sorts of different famous artists. You can easily spend the whole day here and not notice the time go by. The underground section is probably my favourite there as it gives a view over romes ancient forums. Overall a good museum to go too and the tickets aren’t too expensive.

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