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Capitoline Hill - Campidoglio, Rome: 86 reviews and 145 photos

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Cordonata Capitolina (pics 1-2) is the famous sloping ramp (actually transversal stripes of stone that create slightly inclined steps) that connects piazza Venezia with Campidoglio. It was built by Michelangelo and features at the bottom 2 small fountains with the sculptures of Egyptian lions on them while at the top of Cordonata you can see 2 sculptures of Castor and Pollux.

We went up the steps to see the Campidoglio square(pic 3) that was also designed by Michelangelo. In the middle of the square you can see a replica of an equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelus, the original can been seen inside the Capitoline Museums that spread out on 3 different buildings that face the square:
1)palazzo Senatorio. It was built in 13th century and housed the archives of ancient Rome. In our days it?s Rome?s City Hall.
2)palazzo dei Conservatori. It was built during the medieval times on the spot where an ancient temple once stood(the same goes for church Santa Maria in Aracoeli next to Campidoglio square)
3)palazzo Nuovo. The ?New Palace? was built in 17th century

The Capitoline museum is the oldest public art collection in Europe (it was founded by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471). It has some great sculptures and a lot of portrait paintings (we got bored with them)

The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9.00-20.00
The entrance fee is 6,5euros

Address: Plaza del Campidoglio 1, 00186 Rome
Directions: You can take buses:57, 85, 87, 88, 90, 92, 94, 95, 716, 718, 719

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  • Written Mar 20, 2011
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