"Capitoline Hill" Capitoline Hill - Campidoglio Tip by ayesh

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


The Capitoline Hill was the center of the holiest religious and political ceremonies. It was the symbol of the power of Rome in the ancient days.
You can reach the center of the Piazza del Campidoglio (this is ´Capitoline´ in Italian), designed by Michelangelo, by climbing the wide stairs Cordonata. On top you will be welcomed by the giant statues of Castor and Pollux. The car-free hill gives space to the Capitoline Museum, which is very, very nice. It comprises two buildings: the Palazzo Nuovo and the Palazzo dei Conservatori.
On the south end of the hill you can take a glance off of the Tarpeian Rock. Traitors used to be thrown off this steep cliff...
Oh yes and don´t forget to check out the 6th centrury church Santa Maria in Aracoeli; it has many lovely old artifacts hidden inside. And legend goes that if you climb up the stairs to the church on your knees, you will win the 100,000 (don´t know what currency though,haha).
Last but not least: stuck to the side of the Capitoline Hill is the Roman Insula (insulae = flats). This apartment builing from the 2nd century shows how low the ground was all those years ago. Only the 3rd and 4th floor stick out of the grond nowadays.
I would suggest to find out what more can be seen on the Capitoline Hill by walking around, over, and through it!

Address: Via del Teatro di Marcello
Directions: Capitoline Hill
Website: http://www.capitolium.org/english.htm

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  • Written Feb 5, 2003
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