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VIP Capitoline Museums Private Tour

Experience the splendours of antiquity in one of the world's finest museums of ancient art

TOUR DETAILS

all inclusive price

DURATION

3 hours

OVERVIEW

Discover a jaw-dropping array of ancient artworks in the sumptuous surroundings of the Capitoline Museums – with origins dating all the way back to 1471, this is the world’s oldest public collection of art. Boasting spectacular views over the Roman Forum below, the Capitoline hill has been the beating heart of civic life in Rome since antiquity, and today is home to the harmonious Michelangelo-designed Piazza del Campidoglio – perhaps the Renaissance’s most beautiful piece of urban design. The square is dominated by the majestic Capitoline museums housed in the grand Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo – hidden away in their handsome frescoed halls is one of the world’s finest collections of classical artworks, and our Capitoline Museums tour is a unique opportunity to journey back in time to the magnificent splendours of the ancient world’s greatest empire.

From the massive equestrian bronze statue of the emperor Marcus Aurelius to the colossal marble head and limbs of the emperor Constantine and the Capitoline Wolf - an iconic depiction of a she-wolf suckling mythical Rome founders Romulus and Remus - the Capitoline museums conserve an unmissable side of Rome’s miraculous cultural heritage. But navigating the seemingly endless halls of masterpieces can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned history buff –our expert guide will lead you through the maze and take you straight to what you need to see, weaving a fascinating tale of the power, art and intrigue of antiquity along the way.

Learn why the Capitoline Venus has for centuries been considered one of the most captivating depictions of the ancient goddess of love ever sculpted, and discover the incredible pathos carved into the features of the noble Dying Gaul. Come face-to-face with the men who made Rome in the breathtaking Hall of Emperors, where row upon row of lifelike marble busts stare down at us across the centuries – look out for the mad glint in sneering Nero’s eye, or the studied calm of Augustus. In the nearby Hall of Philosophers meanwhile, get up close and personal with the finest thinkers of classical antiquity, from Socrates to Cicero and Pythagoras – these sculptures once adorned the lavish gardens and palaces of Rome’s culture-loving aristocracy.

And that’s not all: in the Capitoline Museums’ underrated picture gallery you’ll get to admire masterpieces by Caravaggio, Titian, Guido Reni and more far from the crowds. We’ll also take in one of the finest views of the Roman Forum from the subterranean Tabularium, the remains of an ancient building set into the rock of the Capitoline hill where the bronze tablets of ancient Roman law were reverentially preserved.

 A visit to the Capitoline museums is a must if you want to get the full picture of the dazzling achievements of ancient Rome. Get the inside track on some of the greatest artworks ever created and book your Capitoline museums tour with Through Eternity today!

Discover the splendors of the Ancient World 

A perfect complement to our Colosseum tour, our Capitoline Museums tour will help give face, form and expression to the gods and to the key personalities who inhabited the squares, temples and houses of Ancient Rome. You can see the splendid gilded bronze statue of Hercules, the formidable statue of Mars in full military dress, the pensive Group of Polyphemus, the Drunken Faun carved from ancient red marble, the equally splendid Centaur, and dozens of other extraordinary sculptures. Above all, you can admire the perfection of the original bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, with its minute attention to detail apparent in the emperor's beard, veins and rather incredible sandals. The copy of this statue stands in Piazza Campidoglio. On our itinerary you'll come across the very famous remains of the colossal statue of the Emperor Constantine, his head, hand and foot all etched with their long history. The Dying Gaul will touch you with his pained expression and show of courage. The mosaics of the Doves and the Theatrical Masks are immortal symbols that all of us have seen in our school books. As no doubt is the case with the legendary statue of the She-wolf, the product of Etruscan workshops from the fifth century BC, which has since become a symbol of the city. The museum also houses the busts of Cicero, Julius Caesar, Nero, Homer, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

The adjoining picture gallery is also rich in important works of art which include amongst others, two beautiful paintings by Caravaggio. Our talented guide will help you to appreciate these works in all their meaning. The two buildings of the museum are connected via a subterranean tunnel that runs beneath the imposing structure of the Roman Tabularium (first century BC), from which you can enjoy the best view of Ancient Rome. You will admire the Colosseum, the Imperial Forum, the entire valley of the Roman Forum with its evocative ruis, and the Palatine Hill. With our guide explaining the function of the buildings in front of you, you will get the utmost from this enchanting experience. 

Please don't forget your camera.

  • This is a completely private tour, so you will have a personal guide just for you and your party.
  • Skip the Line tickets

Classic sights included in our itinerary:

  • The ancient statue of Neptune
  • The Capitoline She-Wolf
  • The equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius
  • The Dying Gaul

Overlooked sights included in our itinerary:

  • The Capitoline Venus
  • The marble foot of the Colossus of Constantine
  • The Hall of Philosophers

At the top of the staircase leading up to Piazza del Campidoglio, beneath the statue on the left.

This is a walking tour through a museum. Comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water are strongly recommended.

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