Capitoline Museums Guided Small Group Tour

from €58.00 EUR
Duration: 3 Hours
 Organized by: MEA Tour&Events
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On this 3 hour trip you’ll meet your guide at the top of the stairways of the St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica, where you’ll begin your amazing journey via the background of the Capitoline Hill complex, including the Capitoline Museum and St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica.

Your professional tour guide will certainly inform you exactly how the building on Capitoline Hill began, and how Michelangelo was appointed by Pope Paul III to design the square.

The very first square of modern Rome was created by the genius of Michelangelo, increasing on the Capitoline Hill, on the site of an old village and the place dedicated to countless temples to the Roman gods.

Get inside Santa Maria in Aracoeli, based on the ruins of the Tempio di Giunone Moneta. Its name derives from a legend according to which a sibyl anticipated the coming of the son of God, saying: Haec est ara filii Dei. This is the greatest peak of the Campidoglio Hill.

Visit the Capitoline Museum established by Pope Sixtus IV, and appreciate paintings by Caravaggio and various other masters.

From the top of the hill, you’ll have a panoramic sight of Rome that includes the domes of Sant’ Andrea della Valle and San Pietro.

What's Included
  • 3 hour live guided tour of the Capitoline Museums and St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica (German, English, French, Spanish),,
  • Certified professional tour guide,
  • Entry fee to the Capitoline Museums.
What's not Included
  • Hotel Pick-up and drop off,
  • Lunch.
Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.

Useful Info

The world’s first public museum, founded in the late 15th century, the Capitoline Museum’s important collection is divided between two substantial buildings on the Piazza del Campidoglio.

The Palazzo Nuovo contains classical sculpture. Outstanding are the Dying Gaul (a Roman copy of a Greek 3rd-century BC bronze original), the Discobolus (a Greek discus thrower altered in the 18th century to create a wounded warrior) and the Capitoline Venus (copy of a 2nd-century BC Hellenistic original). The Sala degli Imperatori (Hall of the Emperors) takes its name from the busts of Roman emperors lining the walls; they once adorned the villas and gardens of ancient Rome.

The magnificent bronze equestrian statue (2nd century AD) of Marcus Aurelius, until recently outside in the piazza, is now inside the Palazzo Nuovo. Its original location was the piazza of the Lateran, often the scene of degradations inflicted on Roman citizens by the popes: in the 10th century Pope John XIII had the Prefect of Rome hung from the statue by his hair. Throughout the Middle Ages the figure on horseback was thought to represent Constantine, which may be the reason it was preserved, and by 1538 it was the only monumental classical bronze to have survived. Much revered, it was removed to the Piazza del Campidoglio from which it was taken for restoration in the 1980s.

The Palazzo dei Conservatori contains more classical sculpture. In the courtyard are fragments of the colossal statue of Constantine (4th century AD), and in the gallery are the Spinario (a 1st century BC bronze of a boy taking a thorn from his foot) and the Capitoline Wolf (Etruscan, 5th century BC). The figures of the suckling twins, Romulus and Remus, were added in 1498 by Antonio Pollaiuolo, a talented Florentine artist and goldsmith. The home of this statue, the early symbol of Rome, has always been the Capitoline; it was here in 65 BC that lightning damaged the wolfs hindquarters.

On the second floor is the Pinacoteca Capitolina, with paintings by Veronese, Guercino, Tintoretto, Rubens, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, Titian and Pietro da Cortona.

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