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“officially my favorite museum in the world”
Review of Musei Capitolini

Musei Capitolini
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Capitoline Museums Marvels - Roman History from Beginning to End
Ranked #49 of 1,526 things to do in Rome
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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“officially my favorite museum in the world”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Brilliant collection of sculptures. Every piece is magnificent. It's not as crowded as the rest of Rome so you can really take your time to enjoy and marvel each statue. I think I was in there for 4 hours. If I wasn't starving I would've stayed there for longer and examine every piece. Definitely worth a re-visit!

Visited March 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

From the relatively thin crowds in the museum, I assume this is not a common item (again, relatively speaking, compared to other attractions in Rome) in the typical tourist’s list of must-do’s.

But after visiting the museum, I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Rome, who has a bit of inclination towards learning the history of this great city and the ancient empire, if not that, at least a taste for beautiful marble sculptures.

I was overwhelmed by the beauty and grandeur of the many sculptures on display. You could spend hours appreciating the pure beauty of the Capitoline Venus sculpture, or the majesty of the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius.

Plan about 2-3 hours minimum and it will help if you pre-read the Wikipedia articles on the museum and the major exhibits on display.

Please note that some of the exhibits might be on loan to other museums or exhibitions. Medusa is an example – this was away, on loan, during the time of our visit.

Visited July 2013
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Ocean Ridge, Florida
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“Step back in time without being too crowded!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

This was my fourth visit to the Musei Capitolini, but my husband's first, so I wanted to be sure to take him to this spectacular three building palazzo, filled with magnificent sculpture. as you climb the steps to the Piazza which houses these three beautiful palaces, it isn't the climb making your heart race.....It's seeing the beauty of one of the highest points in Rome; seeing the magnificent flowing trees and shrubs as you climb the stairs; seeing the statuary outside, and finally, seeing the glorious architecture of the buildings. In the center of the three palazzos is a stone replica of the inside bronze sculpture of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, which positively looms over the piazza! To those unfamiliar with Roman history, Marcus Aurelius was the "good" emperor depicted in the movie "Gladiator". The piazza and palazzos were designed by none other than Michaelangelo. You could simply enjoy the piazza for free, but the museums are well worth the price of admission. Each building has three floors, the first floors housing the larger statuary, and the second and third housing smaller ones along with artifacts and jewels. Inside, be sure to find the bronze Marcus Aurelius as well as the famous bronze of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. Although these are not ancient works, most of which were either destroyed or are in the Vatican, you will see glorious marble sculptures from the greatest sculptors such as Michaelangelo. Outside, as you face the piazza, just at the beginning of the piazza to your right is a winding road, with a little cafe at the top. I cannot recommend the food, but it is a wonderful place to have a drink under the shade, and then walk out to the large terrace offering some of the best views of Rome, especially at sunset where that glorious Sienna glow that only Italy has, will just take your breath away. A word of caution: even though the cafe closes at 7:00 p.m., if you are not seated by 6:30, you will not be served, but the terrace is free, and worth going up if for only the views. We then walked to Trastevere for a fabulous dinner, ending another perfect day in La Bella Roma! Please do not miss this important museum. It is not well known, and is actually behind the "wedding cake" building, so many people don't realize it is even there. You used to be able to access the Foro Romano from the museum, but because of the construction of the new subway (Really??? Under the Forum and Colosseum??? Rather a sore point with me, worrying that these ancient treasures will be damaged.......), the access stairs are blocked, so now you must walk completely around the wedding cake building, past the Forum AND the Colesseum in order to gain entrance into the Foro Romano itself. But I digress......Do take the time to visit these important museums while you are in Rome. Be sure to check what days they are closed. Enjoy!!!

Visited July 2013
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Podgorica, Montenegro
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“very good”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

briliant museum vith many exponats from everywhere.you must goo bay roma pass first two tickets use in coloseo and museo capitolini.

Visited May 2013
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“No red fawn”
Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

Well worth a visit but be aware that, at this time, the Red Fawn and Medusa are on loan to other exhibitions. On crossing between the 2 museums take the diversion in the subway for a superb view of the Forum.

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