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Discover these often overlooked Museums, which brings the characters of the Roman Forum and Colosseum to life. Marvel at the paintings and sculptures and learn the untold stories behind the Roman art.
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 this private tour 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 expert guide will help you to appreciate these works in all their glory. 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 the entire valley of the Roman Forum, with all its vestiges of ancient glory. This is one of our Rome private tours that is not to be missed!