"Capitol Hill Square" Capitoline Hill - Campidoglio Tip by monica71
Capitoline Hill - Campidoglio, Rome: 86 reviews and 145 photos
Capitol Hill Square is the home of the city's government. The square was designed by Michelangelo in 1530. The focal point of the square is the statue of Marcus Aurelius (a reproduction of the statue, the original one is inside the Capitoline Museum).
The long staircase that takes you to the square is called the Cordonata. At the top of the staircase are the statues of Castor and Pollux.
There are 3 important buildings in the square: Palazzo Nouvo, Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Senatorio. In front of the Palazzo Senatorio there is a very nice fountain where you will also see the statue of Lady Rome.
Construction of the square started in 1546 but only the staircase at the entrance of the Palazzo Senatorio was completed when Michelangelo died in 1564. The project was finished in the 17th century.
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