Visiting The Capitoline Museum & The Capitolene Hill

Make an informed visit to the Capitoline Museum - a practical guide


Capitoline Museum (Palazzo Nuevo)

Capitoline Museum (Palazzo Nuevo)

Official Web Site Capitoline Museum


The Capitol, the southern summit of the Capitolene Hill In Rome is just about the centre of gravity of a first time visit to Rome. 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.

Nearly all visitors will go around the Piazza Venezzia a few times during the stay as they travel to and fro around town, the white Victoria Emmanuel monument dominating the piazza, a comparatively very recent addition (1911).


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.


Two of the buildings around the Piazza del Campidoglio contain the Capitolone Museums, one of the most popular museums in Rome. Also on the Capitol are several smaller museums, church and great views over the Roman Forum down to the Colosseum.

The Capitoline Museum

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

The Capitolene 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 Cordonata Up To The Capitoline Museum

The Cordonata Up To The Capitoline Museum

The She Wolf Symbol Of Rome

The She Wolf 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 web site (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, not for the food, but for the fine views over the city of Rome.


Ticketing, Logistics & Entrance

The museum is open daily except for Mondays when it is closed all day. The museum opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m.

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

There can be long queues for tickets on the day so its a smart move to buy them on-line.

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 Museum

The Capitoline Museum 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 its 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 adjacent to Capitoline Hill.

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