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Come face to face with gods and emperors in the Capitoline Museums
Once you’ve enjoyed our Colosseum tour including the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, join our Capitoline Museums tour to 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.
Near the entrance to the Capitoline Museums. You will receive full details, including a map and photo of the meeting point, at the booking
On this tour we take you through a big museum with different levels and some steps. Then to the Vittoriano, with a lot of staircase before taking the elevator to reach the rooftop.
Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for Rome's inspiring cultural heritage. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!