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“Excellent museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Musei Capitolini

Musei Capitolini
Piazza del Campidoglio 1, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 060608
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Ancient Roman Art History Walking Tour
Ranked #58 of 679 Attractions in Rome
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The creation of the Capitoline Museums has been traced back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of bronze statues of great symbolic value to the People of Rome. The collections are closely linked to the city of Rome, and most of the exhibits come from the city itself.
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“Excellent museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Very good museum - dont miss the cafe terrace with good views over Rome - reasonably priced coffee and sandwich for lunch. Some worthy exhibits - there are a lot of rooms so use an audio guide or a guide book to find the treasures of the museum and skip the more mundane busts of various emperors. The museum is split in two and the other half is reached by an underground passage so dont miss this bit out. Halfway along this passage is a corridor and some stairs that lead to the Tabularium at the back of the Capitoline Hill with stunning views over the Roman Forum.

Visited November 2012
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“the best museum in rome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

don't miss this museum, pay attention to the squer in front, desgin by M. Angello.
The statue of rome (the wollf and the tween) is there.
On the back of the museum there beautiful view on the Romam Forme.

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“A lot to see but little information”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

There is alot of stuff to see in this museum. Just that the information is lacking. The audio was good till it ran out of battery on us, do check if the set is fully charge. Pictures are allowed in some galleries.

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“Definitely worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Loved this museum. There is a LOT to see so allow yourself time to get lost!! There are a lot of famous sculptures and paintings and the cafe is a little expensive though has lovely views

Visited October 2012
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“Hauntingly Evocative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

Here's a suggestion on how to budget your time to visit the Forum and the Capitoline Museums: go to the Forum (your ticket, good for two days, will also include the Palatine Hill and Colisseum, but is only good for one entry to each) to beat the early-ish closing time of 4:30pm. Then, head up to the Capitoline Museums. Your walk will take you past the Forum of Caesar and, if you take the winding road up behind the "Typewriter" monument, you get to take in more views of the Forum from the street above. Just as you come to the Capitoline's plaza, be sure to look at the garden immediately on your right--you'll see an endearing topiary of the She-Wolf statue. Directly opposite, you see the statue again, perched atop a pillar, in miniature. Before heading off to see the real thing, I suggest you recharge your batteries with a cappuccino at the Panoramic Café (fairly easy to find--follow the signs or ask). You'll be treated to a spectacular view over Rome as the sun sets--not to mention watching the swallows as they start that evening's ritual swoop over the city.

When you're ready to begin your visit, consult the free map you would have been given when you purchased your ticket. It contains photograph "thumbnails" of most of the museums' highlights--critical to avoid feeling overwhelmed! Don't miss the Tabularium in the basement--if the timing is in your favor, you'll get yet another privileged view over the
Forum at night. The walk to the view takes you through an evocative, haunting display of funeral steles in the Epigraphic Gallery--all of which are translated into English--many of which still have the power to move you, centuries later.

All the highlights are easy to find, except the statue of the "Boy Removing a Splinter" which is not featured on the map, but is just a couple of galleries down from the She-Wolf statue.

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