Piazza del Campidoglio
Piazza del Campidoglio
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This beautiful square, designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1538-1584,) features an elliptical courtyard with a central figure sculpture.
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Federico F
Vicenza, Italy78 contributions
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The campidoglio is one of the little hills where Rome was built in its origin. During the Renaissance the famous artist Michaelangelo projected the actual square that appears really beautiful and composed. There are a famous museum and the city hall and if you go behind it you will have a fantastic view of the foro romano
Written May 14, 2022
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Malgorzata
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Capitol Hill is one of the seven hills on which Rome is located.  It is a place where 2500 years of history permeate, from ancient Rome, to the present day. At the top of the hill you can find a beautiful square designed by Michelangelo, where the center you can see the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. There is also a she-wolf column, a symbol of Rome. Realy magnificent view of the Roman Forum from the back of the square . Definitely worth a visit.
Written April 21, 2020
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inthecityintherain
Los Angeles, CA1,606 contributions
Don't hurry through the Piazza del Campidoglio on your way to the Capitoline Museums! Make sure to take in the piazza itself, and remark at Michelangelo's simple, lovely design. The original statue of Marcus Aurelius is now inside the Capitoline Museums. The one in the piazza is a replica.

Great views of the piazza are available from the windows in the upper level of the Palazzo Nuovo.
Written July 25, 2020
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,735 contributions
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Wonderful square with ingenius design of pavement to solve the problems of the space.
Pope Paul III commissioned it to Michelangelo in 1536.
The center of the designed pavement is the basement of the Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, Palace Senatorio and two gemini palaces close the scenic square.
Written November 23, 2019
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,988 contributions
The Piazza del Campidoglio is one of the best places in Rome to see a lot in a short time. Even without going into the Capitoline Museum, the square is loaded with ancient artefacts, historically significant sculptures and beautiful buildings.
Michelangelo re-designed the whole piazza in 1535. The Capitoline Hill, once a sacred site and later the centre of medieval guildhalls and civic government, had fallen into a sad and sorry state where goats grazed and buildings stood derelict. Pope Paul III, a lover of ancient Rome, was determined to revive the area and turned to the Renaissance genius, Michelangelo to restore and recreate the Capitoline Hill’s former glory.
It was a grand plan for renewal.
Stand in the middle of the star-shaped oval piazza and if you spin around, pretty much everything you see here was designed by the Michelangelo.
Three grand palazzi encircle the piazza. Michelangelo re-designed the facades of the pre-existing buildings and created a third (Palazzo Nuovo) from scratch. Two of these now house the Capitoline Museums.
In central position, he placed an imposing equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. It’s unmissable and is the only bronze equestrian statue to have survived from the classical era.
Michelangelo’s monumental staircase, the Cordonata is the most dramatic way to approach the piazza. A pair of ancient Egyptian lions guard the base of the stairs and the top is flanked by giant statues of the twins, Castor and Pollux with their horses (although these were added after Michelangelo’s death).
We walked in from the opposite side, beside the Senatoria but in hindsight, I’d recommend walking up the gentle slope, of the Cordonata so that you get the full dramatic effect of the piazza opening up before you.
Written August 14, 2022
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
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The hill leading to the upper square, has a wide sloped walkway, designed in part so that riders on horseback could go up without getting off their horses. The upper square is beautiful with a beautiful pattern on its floor, which is difficult to appreciate from ground level. The centrepiece is a bronze equestrian statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180).
Written September 1, 2019
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serhanozel
Alanya, Turkey1,102 contributions
in old times people lived more honourable lifes then ours? I always think like that. great statute beatifull houses effects me .
Written September 25, 2019
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JeanPaulBelmondo
Basel, Switzerland678 contributions
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This square was designed by Michelangelo and today the main building - Palazzo Senatorio - in front hosts the municipal offices including the seat of the mayor. The oval shaped ground pattern is really unique and intriguing. The slow rising staircase is called cordonata in italian and the two lions that flank the cordonata and are made of basalt and are truly authentic egyptian statues. At the top of the cordonata are two large classical statues of the Dioscuri Castor and Pollux. At the center of the square you can admire the equestrian statue replica of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. The original you can see at the Municipal Museum on your right hand side. The monumental staircase in front of the Palazzo Senatorio is also a creation of Michelangelo. The statues on either side of the double staircase represent the Nile (left) and the Tiber (right). Go and have a visit to the museum before you head to the Foro Romano.
Written November 25, 2014
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sanju_222323
New Jersey13,357 contributions
After the Alter of the Fatherland, we visited this. Nearby, 2 min walks. Again lots of stairs to reach the top.
This square is located on top of Capitol Hill. It was an important place of worship dedicated to Roman gods, with a large Temple of Jupiter which has since disappeared. Today it is the seat of the municipality of Rome.

Rome is all about Michelangelo, isn’t it? This place is also designed by Master Michelangelo who remodeled the facades of the existing buildings and designed the monumental staircase that accesses it.

It is square in shape, it is framed by three main buildings:
1- The Senatorial Palace (Palazzo Senatorio, on the right-hand side of the square), this is the Town Hall;
2- Palazzo dei Conservatori, the home of the Capitoline Picture Gallery,
3- Capitoline Museums (left side of the square).

In the center is a copy of the bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius , yes he was Roman Emperor too. Wandering around here for 30 minutes especially in the evening was a blessing. Behind this, you can see remains at the Roman forum.
Written October 31, 2019
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Geert V
Hamme, Belgium364 contributions
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Even experienced Rome travellers don't now this, but you can take the stair at the back of the square on the left. Just follow the sign to cafetaria. This will take you to one of the most spectacular terraces of the city at the back and front side of the Victor Emmanuel statue. The cafetaria too is very nice and large, with some cheap drinks
Written April 26, 2013
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