Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini)

Address: Piazza del Campidoglio 1, Rome, 00186, Italy
Telephone: 06 6710 2475

- Mid-range


Roman art, history and traditions in the world’s first public museum.

After the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and the Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese), this has to be next on anyone’s list of essential Rome cultural storehouses. Facing each other across Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio, Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo house what was the world’s first proper museum when it opened to the public in 1734.

The collection is as interesting for its antique setting and its historical display criteria as for the single items on display, but there are several unmissable works, from the Etruscan bronze statue of the 'Lupa' (she-wolf) suckling Rome’s legendary founders, Romulus and Remus, to paintings by Caravaggio, Titian and Velazquez, to the original bronze equestrian statue of emperor Marcus Aurelius, housed in a new wing designed by Carlo Aymonino (the version in the square outside is a copy made using computer mapping techniques).

The museum's rooftop bar is a little pricey but it offers a wonderfully panoramic vantage point.

Value for money

Price advice

Full admission is 7.50 euros.

Expert tips

A 9.50 euro ticket allows access to both the Capitoline Museums and the wonderful Centrale Montemartini at Via Ostiense 106.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Great views / scenery