Experience the splendours of antiquity in one of the world's finest museums of ancient art
duration 3 hours
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. Wander their handsome frescoed halls with an expert guide and come face-to-face with extraordinary classical artworks like the Capitoline Wolf and Dying Gaul. Boasting spectacular views over the Roman Forum below, the Capitoline hill is was the beating heart of ancient Rome and is today home to the beautiful Michelangelo-designed Piazza del Campidoglio. Our Capitoline Museums tour is a unique opportunity to journey back in time to the magnificent splendours of the ancient world’s greatest empire.
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. 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 - don't forget your camera! With our guide explaining the function of the buildings in front of you, you will get the utmost from this enchanting experience.
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!
meeting pointAt the top of the staircase leading up to Piazza del Campidoglio, beneath the statue on the left.
4.5 (2 reviews)
My wife, 25-year-old son and I had a very interesting tour of the Capitoline Museums. Luca was an informative guide and his guidance helped us to understand the historic context of the exhibits we viewed. We were disappointed that the second exhibit building closed to the public due to some sort of labor meeting and we missed some key exhibits. Luca did arrange to come back later in the day on our own to see these but with a limited time in Rome we were not able to return. All in all it was a good experience and we are happy that we chose to have a guide lead our experience in the museum.
This was indeed a VIP experience, with Thomas a patient, knowledgeable, and good humored guide for a relentlessly curious amateur photographer. Offers essential contexts for understanding the forum%u2014and ancient and contemporary Rome. Exceptional.