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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Neighborhood: Campitelli
How to get there
  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 10 min walk
  • Colosseo • 10 min walk
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  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Michael Angelo at his best
    Wonderful Piazza like so many in Rome to see and explore. When you walk these types of square and take in the architectural buildings, statues and everything else it’s simple staggering. Like to visit all of these types of squares when visiting Europe, try to see as many as possible and take in the significance of the piazza’s spread around Rome.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Hendrik_NL
    Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,806 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    16th Century. Michelangelo. That's enough for a five point rating.
    Piazza del Campidoglio was designed in the 16th Century by the unique artist Michelangelo. The square is situated on top of Capitoline Hill, just behind the monument to Vittorio Emmanuelle II. A long, lazy staircase lead to the square. The center piece is the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. But following the shrewd Italian policy to protect their cultural heritage, this statue is a good copy; the original is preserved and can be admired in the Capitoline Museum, fronting the square. Piazza del Campidoglio is one of the places you can't skip when in Rome.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 16, 2024
  • William Hutton ™️
    Lincoln, United Kingdom144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5* review on Campidoglio
    It was amazing, and to have the only remaining Roman equestrian statue to survive to the present with Marcus Aurelius the emperor and father of Commodus. Around the corner it had a great view of the Roman forum. I would recommend visiting here to see historical monuments.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Michelangelo's square at Capital Hill
    This is Michelangelo's square atop Capitoline Hill. It was created in the 1550s and was considered the first square of modern Rome at the time. The square is surrounded by palace buildings with elegant facades on three sides and the Cordanata staircase entrance which lead up to the square. You can see numerous monuments at Piazza del Campidoglio including the bronze She-wolf (symbol of Rome), equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius both of which are replicas of the originals held within the Capitoline Museum here at the square. There is a nice Rome goddess fountain embedded into the facade of Palazzo Senatorio, statues of Castor and Pollux which flank the top of Cordanata while two Egyptian lions guard the front. It is an impressive square and place to spend a few minutes enjoying elegant 16th-century buildings and monuments before or after visits to the museum and/or the Roman Forum which is just past Capital Hill.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 27, 2024
  • Anuradha
    New Delhi, India1,013 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful square designed by Michelangelo
    Piazza del Campidoglio and the surrounding palaces was created by Michelangelo. The square includes three main buildings- the City Hall and the two palaces that make up the Capitoline Museums. Museum is excellent with vast collection of paintings and sculpture.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2024
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Wonderful Piazza like so many in Rome to see and explore.

When you walk these types of square and take in the architectural buildings, statues and everything else it’s simple staggering.

Like to visit all of these types of squares when visiting Europe, try to see as many as possible and take in the significance of the piazza’s spread around Rome.
Written August 3, 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is Michelangelo's square atop Capitoline Hill. It was created in the 1550s and was considered the first square of modern Rome at the time. The square is surrounded by palace buildings with elegant facades on three sides and the Cordanata staircase entrance which lead up to the square.

You can see numerous monuments at Piazza del Campidoglio including the bronze She-wolf (symbol of Rome), equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius both of which are replicas of the originals held within the Capitoline Museum here at the square. There is a nice Rome goddess fountain embedded into the facade of Palazzo Senatorio, statues of Castor and Pollux which flank the top of Cordanata while two Egyptian lions guard the front.

It is an impressive square and place to spend a few minutes enjoying elegant 16th-century buildings and monuments before or after visits to the museum and/or the Roman Forum which is just past Capital Hill.
Written May 28, 2024
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Hendrik_NL
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Piazza del Campidoglio was designed in the 16th Century by the unique artist Michelangelo. The square is situated on top of Capitoline Hill, just behind the monument to Vittorio Emmanuelle II. A long, lazy staircase lead to the square. The center piece is the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. But following the shrewd Italian policy to protect their cultural heritage, this statue is a good copy; the original is preserved and can be admired in the Capitoline Museum, fronting the square. Piazza del Campidoglio is one of the places you can't skip when in Rome.
Written March 16, 2024
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
This is an interesting space. Flanking the piazza are the Capitoline Museums with some excellent ancient Roman treasures in particular. The equestrian statue of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius dominates its center. There are good views over part of Rome near its steps. Large statues of Castor and Pollux guard the steps.
Written April 6, 2023
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India1,013 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Piazza del Campidoglio and the surrounding palaces was created by Michelangelo. The square includes three main buildings- the City Hall and the two palaces that make up the Capitoline Museums. Museum is excellent with vast collection of paintings and sculpture.
Written June 12, 2024
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William Hutton ™️
Lincoln, UK144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It was amazing, and to have the only remaining Roman equestrian statue to survive to the present with Marcus Aurelius the emperor and father of Commodus. Around the corner it had a great view of the Roman forum. I would recommend visiting here to see historical monuments.
Written March 21, 2024
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy31,928 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
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 Kingdom10,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Piazza del Campidoglio is one of the best places in Rome to pack in a lot of sight-seeing in a short time. If like us, you are visiting the Capitoline Museum then you’ll need a lot longer (several hours at least). But, even without going into the museum, the square is loaded with ancient artefacts, historically significant sculptures and beautiful palazzos.
By far the best way to approach the piazza is via the Cordonata, the monumental staircase designed by Michelangelo. Ancient Egyptian lions guard the base of the stairs and the top is flanked by giant statues of the ancient Greek twins, Castor and Pollux. In the past we’ve walked to Capitoline Hill from the other direction, coming up behind the Senatoria. Having now climbed the gentle slope of the Cordonata, this is definitely the best way to approach the piazza for the full dramatic effect.
Stand in the centre of the piazza, look in any direction and pretty much everything you see was designed, or re-designed by Michelangelo in 1536.
The piazza is enclosed by three grand palace-like buildings. Michelangelo re-designed the facades of the two existing buildings and created a third, Palazzo Nuovo (‘the new palace’) from scratch. Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo Conservatori (on your left and right) house the Capitoline Museum.
Taking centre-stage, is the imposing equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. It’s only a replica and the original is in the Capitoline Museum but its an excellent copy and I was hard pressed to tell the difference when we saw the real one. Apart from its imposing beauty, the statue is significant as the only bronze equestrian statue to have survived from the classical era.
Written June 10, 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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, Canada1,496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Business
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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