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The Capitoline Museums

Places visited (advance purchase of tickets recommended): 

  • Capitoline Museums

Duration: 2 1/2 hours

Difficulty: 1/3

Accessibility: mostly wheelchair accessible

Kids and Families: check out our Scavenger Hunt at the Capitoline Museums!

Focus: Roman and Greek Antiquities, Renaissance Art, Historical Buildings, Panoramic Viewpoints

Price: starting at € 270,00

Ready to visit the oldest, very first public museum in the world? The amazing collection housed in the Capitoline Museums was started by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471, and added to by several other popes over the centuries.

Lots of items displayed here came to light during archeological excavations both in the 1500-1700s, as well as in the late 1800s, when Rome was turned upside down after becoming Italy’s capital. Statues, mosaics, entire marble floors coming from ancient Roman mansions: to have a  clear picture of what ancient Rome looked like, you really need to visit at least one of the city’s archeological museums!

Here, we'll see famous sculptures such as the bronze She-wolf suckling the twins, the symbol of Rome; the Dying Gaul; the Esquiline Venus; and a wealth of mosaics, paintings, vases, tapestries.

The Capitoline Museums are arguably the most important collection in town alongside with the Vatican Museums; and, similar to the Vatican, what leaves you breathless is not only the beauty and sheer number of treasures on display, but the grandeur of the buildings.

The rooms are covered in beautiful Renaissance frescoes, the carved wood gilded ceilings decorated with huge Murano glass chandeliers, and the entire complex was planned by Michelangelo.

Michelangelo also designed the square between the two wings of the museum, and here we’ll spot the beautiful star design that marks the very centre of Rome (and which you see on RomArt’s logo!).

Michelangelo decided to place the statue of emperor Marcus Aurelius in the centre of the square; however, it was replaced by a copy in 1997, and since then the original is displayed in a striking glass hall inside the museum.

The museum hides another secret: it gives you access to the underground gallery known as the Tabularium, the ancient Roman archive located underneath the present day Town Hall. From this gallery, we’ll enjoy a unique view over the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum.

To enter the Capitoline Museums, you have to go through security checks and to leave bags and backpacks at the checkroom, free of charge. You are allowed to carry a small purse with your personal items. Photography is allowed.

Who says museums are boring? Check out our Scavenger Hunt at the Capitoline Museum! We love to engage kids in games and activities on our tours, and have a pack of fun things to do, including a scavenger hunt that will hook both kids and parents!

Duration of tour

Up to 4 people

Up to 3 hours

270,00 EUR

+ each additional person over 18 years

40,00 EUR

For larger groups and families, I’ll be happy to send you a quote.

  • The tour rate includes your private guided tour – price is total, not per person.
  • Entrance tickets, transportation to the starting point, meals, snacks and gratuities not included in above rates. Headsets are not included (only needed with 6+ people).
  • Since entry fees may vary depending on temporary exhibitions being held at the Museum, updated entry fees will be listed in the detailed trip summary you’ll get upon sending a request/booking. Tickets are about 15,00 EUR per person, and can be bought on site (cash or credit card) or online in advance (simply ask me for the link).
  • Please note that we reserve the right to vary the prices shown on this website at any time before you book (during Bank Holidays, National Holidays, Christmas Holidays, Easter Holidays, or last minute bookings).

You will be advised of the current price at the time of booking. Once you have booked we will not increase your tour price other than for changes in VAT or any other Venues or Government imposed levy.

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