Piazza del Campidoglio : Michelin's recommendations
Harmony, charm, majesty... You must visit this square as soon as possible, while trying to imagine that you're alone there, for a while. You'll need a lot of imagination indeed, as its is so often overrun...It was covered with monuments and temples in Antiquity, left to goats in the Middle Ages and was redeveloped, thanks to Michelangelo's designs (not always respected), from 1536 onwards. Once, overlooking the Forum, it is now open to the modern city, from which you can reach it via the Cordonata Steps. On either side of the staircase, the statues of the Dioscuri Castor and Pollux, from the end of the Empire era, were found on the Campo di Marzo, in the 16th century. At the centre, the equestrian statue of Marcus-Aurelius, back in place, watches philosophically (he was often in that mood) the mixed crowd filling the square. Marius Trophies and military columns complete the decor of this trapezoid square, closed by the Palace of the Senate, flanked on your right by the the Palace of the Conservatori, and on your left by the New Palace, which presently houses the renovated and extended Capitoline Museum.
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