Visiting the Capitoline Museums & the Capitoline Hill

Capitoline Museums, Rome - opening hours, tickets and how to get there

Capitoline Museum (Palazzo Nuevo)

Palazzo Nuevo: one of two buildings that make up the Capitoline Museum


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Museums in Rome are not hard to come by. The Capitoline Museums (musei capitolini) are along with the Borghese Gallery, and the Vatican Museums, one of the more popular museums in Rome.


The Capitoline Museums are located on the Piazza del Campidoglio, Capitoline Hill.


The Capitoline Museums lie just to the south of the Piazza Venezia, with its eye-catching white monument the "Vittoriano" or Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II.


This structure is a comparatively recent addition (1911). Romans often refer to it as "the wedding cake." Certainly you cannot miss it and it does at least provide a distinctive landmark for orientation purposes.


The Piazza Venezzia that stands at the foot of the Capitol is today the centre of Rome's main gyratory system where the main roads that large buses can use fan out in all directions from this centre of Rome.

Throughout the city of Rome's history the Capitol has been the seat of Rome's government, (the US Capitol Hill drawing on the name).

Today, the layout and much of what you see dates back to the 16th century when Michaelangelo created the piazza at the top of the hill, (Piazza del Campidoglio) reached by a very impressive staircase, the Cordonata.

Also on the Capitol are several smaller museums, church and great views over the Roman Forum down to the Colosseum.

The Cordonata Up To The Capitoline Museum

The Cordonata: staircase to the Capitoline Museum

The She Wolf Symbol Of Rome

Famous exhibit: the She Wolf symbol of Rome

Vittoriano, Altar of the Fatherland, Piazza Venezia

Front of Capitoline Museums: Vittoriano, Altar of the Fatherland, Piazza Venezia

The Capitoline Museums - what is there?

The Capitoline museums lay claim to being the world's oldest national museums founded in 1471.

The Capitoline Museums are made of two buildings facing each other on the impressive Piazza del Campidoglio.

The Palazzo dei Conservatori is the main entrance and was once the main location of the city magistrates. The ground floor is still used partly as a municipal register office.


Most of the building house sculptures, though there are art galleries on the second floor. The most famous single exhibit is the “She Wolf”, a major symbol of Rome.

The collections are closely linked to the city of Rome, and most of the exhibits come from the city itself.

The official website (link at top of the page) has an excellent photographic catalogue of the exhibits and details of any exhibitions that may be on.

A particularly popular feature of a visit to the Capitoline Museum is the rooftop restaurant, with its fine views over the city of Rome.

Capitoline Museums - opening hours and tickets

The museum is open daily except for Mondays when it is closed all day. The museum opens at 9.30am and closes at 7.30pm.


Last admission one hour before closing time.

For current prices including the rather complicated list of concessions, click through to the official website, (link at the top of the page).

There can be long queues for tickets on the day so it is a smart move to buy them online.


The Capitoline Museum is one of the main attractions that you can use the Roma Pass on too.

Audio guides are available for hire in English and there is a left baggage desk for your convenience.

Getting to the Capitoline Museums

The Capitoline Museums is one of the simplest places to get to, your destination is the Piazza Venezia. Most Rome public buses that go through the centre will go around the Piazza Venezia at some stage, though do check.


All of the popular Rome hop-on, hop-off bus sightseeing operators stop at the Piazza Venezia.

The closest Rome Metro station is at Colosseum station (2 stops from Termini). From the Colosseum it is a pleasant 10-minute walk along the side of the Roman Forum.


The Capitoline Hill is very central for further exploration by foot, the only real option to explore the ancient city centre of Rome next to Capitoline Hill.


We have put together a series of self-guided walks of Rome connecting all the major sights of Rome (see image below).

Free self-guided walking tours of Rome details

Sightseeing Walking Map Of Rome
Vatican Museums Tours & Fast Track Tickets

Vatican Museums Fast Track Tickets   €27.00

Fast track admission to Vatican Museum

Vatican Museums Fast Track Tickets + Audio Guide  €34.00

Fast track admission to Vatican Museum with Audio Guide

Vatican Museums Fast Track Tickets + Early Entrance    €52.00

Fast track admission to Vatican Museum before public opening

Vatican Museums Fast Track Access With Coach Transfers    €66.00

Tour in English plus hotel pickups

Vatican Museums Private Tours With Fast Track Access    Prices vary on numbers

Your own personal guide for your own grouo of 1 to 9 people

St Peter's Basilica Tours & Fast Track Tickets

St Peter's Basilica Fastrack with audio guide    €19.50

Fast track access to St Peter's together with audio guide in choice of languages

St Peter's Basilica guided tour    €27.00

Small group tour maximum 20 people

St Peter's Basilica guided tour with access to cupola (Dome)    €49.00

includes lift access to the dome of St Peter's with far reaching views

St Peter's & Vatican Museums Combined Tours

Vatican Museums + St Peter's (With Fast Track Access) Tour 1    From €23.00 + admissions

Guided 3 hour walking tour with Fast Track Access + early/evening entrance options

Vatican Museums + St Peter's (With Fast Track Access) Tour 2    From €58.50

Guided 3 hour walking tour with Fast Track Access + early/evening entrance options

Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s    €96.50

Entry when doors open to Vatican Museums + St Peter's Basilicas

Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens & St Peter’s guided tour with breakfast    €139

Complete tour of the Vatican with American breakfast in the Vatican Cafeteria

Vatican Gardens Tours

Vatican Gardens Walking Tour    €41.00

Includes admission to Vatican Museums

Vatican Gardens Bus Tour    €85.00

Includes admission to Vatican Museums

Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Colosseum & Roman Forum fast track tickets    from €18

2 Day fast track admission ticket to: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Colosseum & Roman Forum Walking Tour   from  €45

Fast Track Admission & 3 Hour Guided Tour

Walking tours (Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi...)

Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon,Trevi    €35.90

3 hour walking tour with admissions. Afternoon tour

Spanish Steps, Pantheon,Trevi,Navona    €39.00

3 hour afternoon walking tour

Villa Borghese Gallery

Villa Borghese Fast Track Tickets     €18.50

Fast track admission ticket for a 2 hour slot

Villa Borghese Fast Track Tickets+ Guided Tour    €57

Fast track admission ticket for a 2 hour slot

Villa Borghese & Gardens    €59

2 hour tour of gallery + 1 hour gardens tour

Other popular City of Rome tours

Best of Rome by bike    €39

3 hr tour of Rome's highlights by bike

Best of Rome Coach Tour    €33/€91

Half or Full Day coach tour of main sights

Roman Gladiator Lesson     from €55

2 hour lesson in becoming a Roman Gladiator

Night Tours of Rome    €29/€51

Choice - walking or coach tour of Rome by night

Private tours of Rome

Flexible customised private tours of Rome by car   

Luxury executive vehicles (1 to 8 passengers)

Private sightseeing tour of Rome by golf cart 

A novel, fun way to see Rome (1 to 3 passengers)

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