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The area
Neighborhood: Trevi
A non-stop photo and souvenir opportunity, Trevi is all about action. From early morning through the wee hours, the piazza surrounding Trevi Fountain hosts a never-ending flow of tourists hoping to make a wish or take a selfie. Clever restaurants, charming gelaterias, uncanny bars, kitsch shops, and a range of hotels make up the local landscape. Beneath the bustle are the remains of an ancient neighborhood that you can visit by heading over to a repertoire cinema and asking for a peek underground. There is something for everyone, but if peace and quiet are what you seek, plan to visit in the early morning hours.
How to get there
  • Cavour • 9 min walk
  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 10 min walk

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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Approaching Capitoline Hill via the Cordonata Stairs is by far the best way to go. The monumental staircase was the formal entrance to Piazza Campidoglio so it is designed to impress.
At the base of the stairs, are a pair of ancient Egyptian lion fountains and at the top, enormous statues of the ancient Greek gods, Castor and Pollux stand either side of the staircase.
As you reach the very top, the piazza unfolds in front of you. Look in any direction, and most of what you see here was either designed or re-designed by Michelangelo in 1536.
It’s not a tough climb. It’s a gently sloping ramp, rather than a steep set of steps.
Overall, walking up to the top of Capitoline Hill is a brilliant thing to do and you can pack in a lot of sight-seeing in a short time.
Written June 14, 2024
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traveltoforeignlands
San Diego, CA570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
The Cordonata is positively beautiful! It was created by none other than Michelangelo and is "home" to the Dioscuri (Castor and Pollux, twin brothers of Helen of Troy--twin sons of Jupiter and Leda. Mythology has it that Jupiter came to Leda in the form of a swan. The statues are positively beautiful! (Do be prepared for the sight of full frontal nudity; however, if you are travelling with chilren; afterall this is Roman sculpture created by an avid student of human anatomy. The Dioscuri bare all as does Michelangelo's David.
Written October 22, 2015
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy32,528 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
The vast, sloping stairs are part of the overall design of the Capitoline Hill, designed by Michelangelo. The stairs are wide and the slope is gentle, supposedly so a person mounted on a horse could ride to the top. At the base are two (dry) fountains with ancient Egyptian black basalt lions; at the top are the massive marble statues of Castor and Pollux, and, of course, the beautiful piazza.
Written April 12, 2017
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Kevin S
Pontypool, UK2,324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Amazing statues all around Rome and no different at this location.
A beautiful setting for some ancient history.
Written August 27, 2019
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,333 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
A magnificent staircase designed by Michelangelo for access to Campidoglio. Unlike the staircase next to the dell'Ara Coeli church, Michelangelo here wanted to show that things could be done in an easy way (the other staircase is very steep).
Written May 7, 2017
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,615 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
Wide enough and sloped gently enough to ride horses up in a grand procession, all the while turning one's back to the Forum (the old way). The concept is pure Michelangelo's urban plan it was his civic design that underlies the design today. See the horse sculpture at the top? A tip of the hat to the horses!

Up ahead, museums await. Musei Capitolini is one of the 5 best things we liked about Rome. Our only complaint was that we really needed an entire day to thoroughly appreciate it. There was a lot to see.
Written September 19, 2016
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Don P
Dallas, TX13,881 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Capitoline Cordonata built in 1582 followed Michelangelo's plans it brings a Renaissance presence to this ancient Roman hill . This is a sloping road interrupted by shallow steps that allow horses or donkeys to climb. Walking up the Capitoline hill you are traveling through the space that has been a city for ~3000 years, although the Cordonata has only been there since 1582. It is a great experience.
Written July 20, 2019
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,041 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
Graceful staircase leading up to the Piazza del Compidoglio designed by Michaelangelo. The steps are shallow and low for people to ride their horses up as well as for pedestrians.
Written December 4, 2018
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MaryKop
Colorado Springs, CO2,327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Really wide stairs said to have been designed by Michelangelo that lead up to the Palatine Hill overlook and the Capitoline Museums. Nice view of the Forum at the top. The stairs empty into a very busy area with a traffic circle, so pedestrians take note. Large statuary at the top of the stairs show Marcus Aureleus, Castor and Pollux.
Written August 5, 2018
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
What looks like a giant stairway is actually a “graded ramp” (Cordonata} that was designed, by Michelangelo, for the passage of horses and carriages. At the top of the “stairs” are statues of Castor and Pollux.
Written June 17, 2018
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