Musei Capitolini : Michelin's recommendations
The Capitoline Museum is made up of the Palace of the Conservatori and New Palace, now linked by an underground passage. Some of the elements displayed in the Palace of the Conservatori courtyard come from the huge statue of Constantine, which must have been some 10 m high. Inside the palace, you can see statues by Bernini and Algardi, the beautiful, historiated, coffered ceiling of the Captains' Room, Dresden and Capodimonte china, low reliefs and a remarkable art gallery with works from Titian, Rubens ( Romulus and Remus suckling the she-wolf), a Pietro da Cortona composition, a huge painting by Le Guerchin dedicated to St. Petronilla, a room full of Bolognese and Sienese paintings... A soft spot ? Perhaps for the pretty face of this unknown girl painted by an anonymous artist from Ferrare... The underground passage linking both palaces will enable you to discover the tabularium, ancient archives from the Antique State and austere vaults which suddenly open onto a magnificent panorama of the Roman Forum. The New Palace is dedicated to ancient sculpture, with its very beautiful Capitoline Venus, famous for its dual gesture of modesty, the Emperors' Room, Philosophers' Room (filled with nearly 80 busts), as well as the admirable Dying Galatea in the Gladiator's Room. In the courtyard, dominating the fountain, the Marforio is peacefully stretched out and was once one of Rome's "talking statues".
Opening hours :
- daily except Mon 9am-8pm, 24 and 31 Dec 9am-2pm (last admission 1hr before closing) - closed 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec
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