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Capitoline Museum (Museo Capitolini)

Piazza del Campidoglio 1 | Rome 00186 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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The Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museum) was the first public museum in the world, and it holds Rome's symbol, the bronze Capitoline Wolf. According to lore, the wolf nursed the half-wolf, half-god founders of the city, twins Romulus and Remus. Its namesake museum contains busts of Roman emperors, from Augustus to Caligula, statues including a famous one of Marcus Aurelius and paintings by Caravaggio and Battista, among others.   

Several travelers mention that though the Capitoline Museum wasn't high on their list of things to do or see, they're very happy they did see it. Tourists also praise the in-house restaurant for its affordable lunch and picturesque views of the city. Like many Roman museums, the Capitolini is closed on Mondays. You can find it just north of the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

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