Capitoline Museums of Rome

Capitoline museums is a complex of archaeological and art museums situated on the Capitoline Hill - the exact place where Rome was born. This hill is the smallest among the others, but one of the most influential historically. The significance of the Capitoline Hill can be traced in many languages through everyday words we use, such as capital, capitol, capitalize etc. However, this place gained its fame not only thanks to its profound history. The Capitoline Museums, which are located on the Capitoline Hills, have become the first museums in the world that invited average people. While being in Rome, you just can't skip places like this!

Talking about the museums, there are a lot of interesting things you can find out here. Initially, these museums date back to 1417 when Pope of Rome Sixt IV donated a collection of bronze antique statues to the people of Rome. Since then the collections grew and widened. Nowadays they include a huge amount of antic, medieval, renaissance masterpieces, jewels and coins.

Do you remember the famous symbol of Rome – the Capitoline She-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus? The original of this statue is situated right here in the Capitoline museums.  In addition, one can see such renowned artworks as the Capitoline Venus, the Dying Gaul, the statue of Constantine and of course, no museum in Rome can live without Bernini’s works! There are also big collections of Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Titian and many more.

There is something else that makes this sight a unique place. This museum complex is considered to be the first museum in history, which means it is the oldest one! The oldest artefacts of Rome is considered to be the oldest walls of Rome that belong to Jupiter’s Temple and terms of timing we talk about 6 BC here! Just imagine these walls are the very heart of the Capitoline Hill and Rome itself!

Interesting facts about Capitoline Museums of Rome

  • Among the museums of the complex you can see the Piazza del Campidoglio. This square was designed by Michelangelo and was built after his death in the 16th century.

  • Such words as capital, capitol come from Capitolium, the name of the Jupitor’s Temple on Capitoline Hill.
  • The legend says that the she-wolf fed Romulus and Remus and thus rescued their lives. But there is also another version of the legend and it says that Lupa (she-wolf) in the language of those times meant a courtesan.

How many buildings are there in the Capitoline Museums?

Palazzo Nuovo, Palazzo dei Conservatori, Palazzo Montemartini

The address

Piazza del Campidoglio 1 – 00186 Rome

Working hours

The Capitoline Museums work daily from 9:30 till 19:30

On 31 December – 9:30 – 14:00

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