Rome: The magnificent Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by the genius of Michelangelo, is lined on two sides by the Capitoline Museums (Palazzo dei Conservatori and the Palazzo Nuovo) that converge at the Palazzo Senatorio. A ramped staircase leads up to it from the street below; the staircase's construction modified the Piazza's original orientation.
These beautiful buildings house one of the most important museum collections in Rome, that of the Capitoline Museums, where great sculptures and paintings are kept.
With the reopening of some of the underground passages, it is now possible to reach the other two wings of the museum through an evocatively-illuminated tunnel.
Ancient bronzes and sculptures of inestimable value, such as the Capitoline Venus, the Gaul, the bronze of Marcus Aurelius - originally placed at the Piazza's center by Michelangelo himself - and Bernini's Bust of Medusa, constitute the museum's artistic heritage, in addition to the frescoes that decorate the interior and the Gallery exhibits. Here, it is possible to admire works dating back from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century, signed by such prominents as Guercino and Caravaggio.
From a comfortable seat on the Caffarelli Terrace, coffee or cocktail in hand, a spectacular panorama of the Eternal City lies before you!
L.I.S. Video Guide of the Capitoline Museums
The Capitoline Museums Collection
The Halls of the Musei Capitolini