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Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

1. Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

On this 3-hour tour you’ll meet your guide at the top of the stairs of the St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica, where you’ll begin your amazing journey through the history of the Capitoline Hill complex, including the Capitoline Museum and St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica. Your professional guide will tell you how the construction on Capitoline Hill began, and how Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Paul III to design the square. The first square of modern Rome was created by the genius of Michelangelo, rising on the Capitoline Hill, on the site of an old village and the place dedicated to numerous temples to the Roman deities. Step inside Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, built on the ruins of the Tempio di Giunone Moneta. Its name derives from a legend according to which a sibyl predicted the coming of the son of God, saying: Haec est ara filii Dei. This is the highest peak of the Campidoglio Hill. Visit the Capitoline Museum founded by Pope Sixtus IV, and admire paintings by Caravaggio and other masters. From the top of the hill, you’ll have a panoramic view of Rome that includes the domes of Sant'Andrea della Valle and San Pietro.

Roman Forum, Colosseum Guided Tour & Empire Museum Entrance

2. Roman Forum, Colosseum Guided Tour & Empire Museum Entrance

Immerse yourself in Roman history with a 2.5 walking guided tour including entrance to the Colosseum and Forum at the end of your tour. Walk along the Via Sacra (Sacred Road) and immerse yourself in Roman history. The main path through the Roman Forum, the Sacred Road once sparkled with festivals and triumphal processions. Head to the Temple, which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. Visitors from around the world still leave flowers and candles at the site to this day. Visit the world's first museum and explore its fascinating art collections and artifacts. Learn about the history of the museum that was opened in 1734 by Pope Clementine XII granting every Roman access to the artwork and ancient sculptures in the museum. Enjoy some of the best views over Ancient Rome and its iconic landmarks, including the Colosseum, the Imperial Forum, the ruins of the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. Listen to stories of how the construction on Capitoline Hill began, and how Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Paul III to design the square. The first square of modern Rome was created by the genius of Michelangelo, rising on the Capitoline Hill. Admire paintings by Caravaggio and other renowned artists. See the famous she-wolf sculpture featuring Rome's founders Romulus and Remus, and discover a treasure chest of items telling the story of Rome — the ancient Caput Mundi. Your expert guide will help you to appreciate these works in all their meaning.

Rome: Private Capitoline Museums Tour

3. Rome: Private Capitoline Museums Tour

Discover the oldest European public collection of antiquities created by Pope Sixtus IV at the end of the 15th century. This Museum is designed to help you to make all the pieces of old Roman history fit together. You'll begin with the magnificent Capitoline Square, designed by Michelangelo, before entering the museum to learn about incredible marble and bronze statues. Take the chance to see the symbol of Rome, the "She Wolf", before entering the Marcus Aurelius Exedra. The bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius dates back to the 2nd century A.D. Following the statue, you can admire the archaeological ruins of the ancient Capitoline Temple of Jupiter before taking in the incredible views over the Roman Forum from the museum.

Rome: Capitoline Museums Percy Jackson Mythology Tour

4. Rome: Capitoline Museums Percy Jackson Mythology Tour

The Capitoline Museums are viewed as outstanding amongst other accumulations of ancient art on the planet and they contain exceptionally perfect works of art. Get comfortable with the bronze She Wolf statue, the image of Rome, the portrait of Emperor Constantine, the Boy with Thorn, the bust of the Poet Homer, Hercules, Venus and numerous others. You will figure out how the ancient Romans used to play, see a genuine tomb of a combatant, decode the antiquated timetables and that will only be the tip of the iceberg. You will likewise encounter all the fundamental characters of Percy's undertakings: creatures like Polyphemus, the frightening Medusa, the all-powerful Jupiter, Athena and Ares. Find out about every one of the characters of Greek and Roman mythology portrayed in the mainstream books your children know well. Appreciate a 2.5-hour exciting voyage through the Capitoline Museums of Rome investigating ancient myths, meeting the Olympian gods, finding satyrs and different baffling animals.  

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What people are saying about Capitoline Museums

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Marlee was fantastic. Incredibly knowledgeable, passionate about her work and very personable. She put a fresh perspective on some of the artwork pushing us to look at it from a different point of view. The tour was three hours long, but it certainly did not feel like 3 hours. I could have listened to Marlee for another 3 hours.

Judy was a great guide, who really knew her stuff. Very friendly too. The Capitoline Museums are absolutely loaded with treasures and we needed every second of the 3 hours to do it justice. The basilica was breathtaking too. We really enjoyed the tour from beginning to end.

Marle Robinson was a spectacular guide. Her knowledge of all the works of art inside gave us a greater appreciation for what we were seeing. Especially since a lot of the art is not labeled. Highly recommend a guided tour.

Martina was a great guide. Friendly, knowledgeable, and full of great tips about our stay in Rome. We were very pleased with our experience from start to end.

We were fortunate in that the group turned out to be very small. Just my wife and myself