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Visit to Musei Capitolini

The Capitoline Museums are a group of art and archeological museums located in the Roman city center. The museums are contained in three palazzi surrounding a central trapezoidal piazza in a plan conceived by Michelangelo. The hosted art collection includes a large number of ancient Roman statues and inscriptions and a collection of medieval and Renaissance art.

The Musei Capitolini are traditionally viewed as the world’s oldest public museum; their history starts in 1471, when pope Sixtus IV gave them as a gift to the Roman People. This museum treasures ancient sculptures, such as the She-Wolf, symbol of the City of Rome, the colossal head of Constantine, the Spinarius and the Camillus. The visit start with the ancient palace, Palace dei Conservatori, and the new wing that contains the bronze equestrian statue of Marco Aurelio and the Colossus of Costantine. In Palazzo dei Conservatori  we will see, not only the classical collection (like the She-Wolf, the Bronze statue of Ercules or the portrait of the emperor Commodus) but also the frescoes made in the 16th century by Cavalier d’Arpino and his pupils, that create a sort of natural environment for the classical collection.

We will then move to the underground conjunction gallery that is located in the ancient Tabularium of the Roman Republic, a record office in which documents and registrar’s offices were stored. The Ancient Palace is connected to the new Palace, called Palazzo Nuovo, built in the 18th century to contain the huge collection of Roman period. We will visit the first level of this palace where the collection of sculpture is organized by subject: the room of philosophies, the room of emperors, the room dedicated to Galata etc.