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“Often Overlooked but Well Worth a Visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Musei Capitolini

Musei Capitolini
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Private Tour: Ancient Roman Art History Walking Tour
Ranked #53 of 1,241 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.
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“Often Overlooked but Well Worth a Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010

This is the first time of three visits to Rome that I took the time to visit the Capitoline Museum and I am very glad I did. Inside you will find a wealth of artifacts, artwork and history. The building itself has stories to tell of ancient Rome and the running of an empire. The art works on disdlay include the original of the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, the She-Wolf, Hercules (many variations), reliefs of Marcus Aurelius (with Commodus removed), the Dying Gaul (a truly fascinating and moving piece) and many others. You get to see the original foundation of the Temple of Jupiter. The view of the Forum from the Tabularium is also spectacular. The admission price is reasonable and the history contained in these buildings makes the place a bargain. The floor plan is rather confusing though and be prepared to be asked to show various guards your tickets numerous times as you make your way through the various displays.

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“Capital Idea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

Very interesting and you get to see very famous statues, Marcus Aurelius and the She Wolf with Romulus and Remus, Colloseus, Venus and so many more. It also gives you a good Idea of the foundations of the Temple of Jupiter and how grand these buildings must have been the model of this gives you an idea. Great view of the forum is you go to another area from the entrance,

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“Relaxing museum - if you can find the cafe you get a prize!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010

As someone else wrote here, the Capitoline Museum is placed in a favourable light particularly when compared to the Dante’s inferno of the Vatican Museum. You can walk around at your own speed in a cool, pleasant environment, with a rooftop café and restaurant, and a relaxed atmosphere. The exhibits in the central hall are very impressive, though they could do with some better labelling and signs (as in every Italian museum). The Italians could really learn something about captioning from visiting a few of the major British museums. As indeed they could when it comes to catering facilities (if not the actual food).

The café was welcome on the day of excellent weather we had, though was completely inadequate in size for the number of customers and had a rather pre-war Italian system of paying first at a cashier, then waiting at the counter with a ticket. Luckily we had experienced the same thing elsewhere and so were ready for it. Some Americans ahead of us were not and the staff were particularly surly with them. Food, as everywhere in Italy, was excellent, as were the views across the city.

Should you not wish to pay to enter the Roman Forum you can get a good view of it from the Tabularium – accessible via the tunnel under the Piazza.

I liked the museum, though the exhibits were a bit samey; lots of lumps of masonry that supposedly had great significance. Some sculptures were impressive, but many were damaged and did not look worth exhibiting. My only real complaint was the labyrinthine nature of the building and the poor signposting. We got completely lost trying to find the café. There is no logic to the different floors and the café is only accessible by one set of stairs (not the main stairs). Maps and plans are useless, as are the staff’s directions.

One tip for visitors: if it is (relatively) busy the easier-to-find toilets near the entrance are likely to be occupied, possibly with queues. Try and find the café, even if you don’t want to eat, because behind it is a much larger set of toilets. Hint to find café – look for the lift/elevator; it is at the top of it.

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“A few great features and a very disappointing cafeteria”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2010

More than their pinacoteca you search for the original Marco Aurelio! It's a good complemet to the visit of the Roman Forum! VERY disappointing cafeteria; BUT a great view from the restaurant terrace!

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“Great stuff to see with air conditioning bonus!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

I thought I'd seen it all, in Roma, but this beautiful building contains more! Favorite was the actual Roman racing chariot, (so small!). Also has chic cafeteria.

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