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"Capitoline Museums" Capitoline Museums - Musei Capitolini Tip by jungles

  Palazzo Nuovo
by jungles

Not counting the Vatican Museums which are technically in a different country, I would say that the Capitoline Museum is the best museum in Rome, and that's saying quite a lot as there are plenty of amazing museums in this city. Housing both ancient sculpture and Renaissance and Baroque paintings, the museum is actually three museums in one, but access to all three is granted with the purchase of a single ticket (€ 6.50 + 1.50 for exhibitions). The works of art are exhibited in the Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, and entrance also includes access to the Tabularium below the Palazzo Senatorio (see my Tabularium tip).

Some of the highlights of the museums are the original 5th century B.C. bronze statue of the she-wolf (a copy stands outside left of the Palazzo Senatorio), the original bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius (again the one outside is a copy), the remains of two colossal statues of Constantine, one bronze and the other marble, and, since Caravaggio is my favourite painter I would also include his paintings in the highlights. There are two by him - The Fortune Teller (a similar painting hangs in the Louvre in Paris) and John the Baptist (also one of several similar scenes painted by Caravaggio). There are many other fantastic works of art besides the ones listed here.

If you are not planning to go to Rome and are limited to travelling virtually, then check out the museum's official website (link below). Click on 'Virtual Visit' on the left, and you can see a 360-degree view of the Campidogio piazza, the courtyard housing the Constantine statue remains and other works, and the view of Rome from the terrace cafe at the museum. Also see the website for opening times and contact details.

Address: Piazza del Campidoglio 1
Phone: +39 06 0608

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  • Written Jun 2, 2006
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