Capitoline Museums (Museo Capitolini)

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Key Info

Piazza del Campidoglio 1

Price & Hours

15 euros (about $18.50) for adults; 13 euros (about $16) for kids
9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums) 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. Comprising three separate buildings surrounding the Piazza del Campidoglio, the collections include hundreds of sculptures. 

Several travelers mentioned that though the Capitoline Museums 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. Reviewers also urged visitors to look up at the magnificent ceilings while touring and make time to enjoy the sweeping city views from the rooftop.

The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can find it just north of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Tickets for adults cost 15 euros (about $18.50), and kids younger than 6 get in for free. You can purchase audio guides (available in English, among other languages) for an additional 6 euros (or a little more than $7). There are also audio guides for children available in Italian and English for 4 euros (about $5). If you purchased a Roma Pass, your admission is included. The closest metro stop is Colosseo. For more information, visit the Capitoline Museums' website.

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