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Lupa Romana

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Address: Piazza del Campidoglio 1 | Campitelli, 00186 Rome, Italy

A famous Etruscan statue of a bronze she-wolf nursing Rome's legendary...

A famous Etruscan statue of a bronze she-wolf nursing Rome's legendary founders, Romulus and Remus.

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It is not something huge or something that it will blow your mind, but it is something historic that represents the myth about Rome. You will find it at Capitolium place and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is not something huge or something that it will blow your mind, but it is something historic that represents the myth about Rome. You will find it at Capitolium place and Capitolium is something you have to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The statue of the two twins feeding off the she wolf in the Palazzo dei Conservatori can almost be missed as it is surprisingly small and to the side by some steps just off the main piazza as you walk towards the viewing point for thr Forum.

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The statute is nice but it is not a "must see". If it is along your planned route for the day, stop for 5 minutes to appreciate it, but I would not plan a trip specifically to the statute.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

The symbol of Rome, the Capitoline wolf, who reared the twins Remus and Romulus who founded Rome, one of those stories that have captured the imagination of people from all over the world.You can see the replica of the original statue at the Campidoglio square/Capitoline hill for free.It isn't a very big statue but it is located on the most... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

There are three theories about this statue. That it is Etruscan, about 2500 years old, dating before the Roman Empire. Its style supports this. In 2006 it was proposed that it dated to about 900 AD (early medieval) based on writings from around that time even though there are no comparable sculptures of that date. However, that theory has been... More 

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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

The Capitoline Wolf (Lupa Capitolina) is probably the most famous symbol of Rome. Legend says that when Amulius overthrew his brother Numitor in the 8th century BC, he murdered his own sons and threw his brother’s grandchildren Romulus and Remus into the Tiber. But, they were rescued by a she-wolf who nourished them. They overthrew Amulius and reinstated Numitor as... More 

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Lodz, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

This small and hard to see sculpture shows the most popular legend of Rome - the wolf and two children, brothers Romulus and Remus, whose probably plant the city of Rome here. It is easy to miss this in full of sightseeing Rome.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

This sculpture of Lupa Romana can be found at many places in Italy (Pisa for instance)- there are several in Rome alone. This is a cast of the original found in the museum. It is nice to see in the square but difficult to appreciate high on the column. She is really a minor aspect to the Piazza del Campidoglio.

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Rome, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Yes, it's there but nobody knows anything about it (artist, origin, etc.) and the plaques giving the info is long gone....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Right there as you exit the Forum, perched atop an Ionic column, is a statue of Lupa Romana with Romulus and Remus nursing the abandoned twins. True? Perhaps not, but Rome's roots have been eternally associated with this story. If you are not looking up high on your left side as you enter the plaza, you'll miss it.

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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
If all roads lead to Rome, then they all end here. Piazza Venezia and the Ancient City are the very epicenter of the Eternal City. Within a 360-degree turn, Roman history unrolls in front of you, from its ancient beginnings to its 21st century transformations. Whether it’s those historical playgrounds known as the Roman and Imperial Forums, or the side-street shops, trattorie, and churches, this neighborhood packs a cultural punch and then some. Screaming scooters, battling buses, crazy cars, and lots of foot traffic converge in the area all day long. By dusk, a different vibe emerges as the neighborhood quiets down. Don't be surprised if you find yourself passing through the Piazza Venezia at least once a day, since it’s the most direct way to get from one side of town to another.
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