Come face to face with gods and emperors in the Capitoline Museums
Once you’ve explored the Colosseum and the Roman Forum on our Rome group tour, take a tour of the the Capitoline Museums and discover the art of Ancient Rome. Located on the Capitoline Hill, the political heart of Rome, these Museums have an awe-inspiring collection of some of the greatest Roman statues. You’ll come face to face with Roman gods, mythological heroes, and the rulers of the ancient city. In the galleries you’ll find the splendid bronze statue of Hercules, the formidable Mars in full military dress, the imposing Polyphemus, the magnificent Centaur, and the unusual statue of the Drunken Faun, carved from red marble. These statues once stood in the temples, palaces and famous public spaces of ancient Rome, but now they are all displayed in one magnificent collection in the Capitoline Museums.
One of the undisputed highlights of the Capitoline collection is the original bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. The copy of the statue stands outside the museum, in Piazza Campidoglio, but nothing can compare to the original. This ancient statue of the emperor on horseback suggests divinity and grandeur, and it is only by seeing it close-up that one can appreciate the extraordinary attention to detail.
On your group tour of the Capitoline Museums you’ll see the remains of the colossal statue of Constantine - the iconic head, hand and foot of the emperor. The Dying Gaul is one of the most moving sculptures of all time; it has been copied by generations of artists, celebrated in poetry, and briefly borrowed by Napoleon. The ancient sculpture of the she-wolf, thought to be the product of Etruscan workshops from the fifth century BC, has become one of the most famous symbols of Rome. You’ll also encounter busts of emperors, writers and philosophers, and look into the eyes of Cicero, Julius Caesar, Nero, Homer, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. In addition to the collection of statues, you’ll also see the exquisite mosaics of the Doves and the Theatrical Masks.
The picture gallery of the Capitoline Museums is often overlooked, but it contains many important works of art, including two masterpieces by Caravaggio. Your expert guide will help you to appreciate these paintings and sculptures in their historical context, enriching your understanding.
The two buildings of the Museums are connected by an underground tunnel that runs beneath the vast Tabularium, the official records office. This imposing structure was built in the first century BC, and boasts one of the best views of the Roman Forum. From here you can see the Forum, the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill in all their glory - the perfect end to your Rome group tour.
Statue of Neptune
The Capitoline She-Wolf
The equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius
The Dying Gaul
I am writing to thank you for yet another group of wonderful tours on our recent holiday in Rome. My daughter and I used your services last year in Florence and Rome and were so pleased that we advised our travel agent to recommend your company to any travellers she was sending to Italy. This year we toured the Capitoline Museums on October 20th, the Borghese Gallery and Love and Death: Scandals off the Beaten Track on the 21st of October. We were happy to have Luca as our guide for the Borghese Gallery as we had enjoyed his tour of the Forum and Colosseum last year. Again, all three young men who lead our tours were extremely knowledgeable, entertaining, and attractive - Maurizio, Luca and Mario! If I am fortunate enough to return to Italy, I will definitely be contacting you again. In the meantime, I will be spreading the good word about your company!
Thanks for the opportunity to provide feedback. Both Nolan and I really enjoyed the tour. it was well run and really informative. We both wanted a tour that was not trite tourist rubbish and went into a little more depth and this tour really delivered. While Eugenia must have presented the tour many times the presentation was still fresh and the little extra stories accompanying the tour made for great interest. I would recommend the tour and Eugenia as a tour leader to everyone and the five hours really flew past, could have easily enjoyed an even longer tour! Cheers!
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