Capitoline Hill

Piazza del Campidoglio

One of the most famous Rome's landmarks is the Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome. The significant urban plan of the Capitoline Hill was designed by Michelangelo, the idea was to organise the space in trapezoid shape. The Capitoline Hill hosts some significant buildings like Palazzo del Senatore that was practically completed during Michelangelo's lifetime. There is also the magnificent Palazzo dei Conservatori that houses the largest part of the exhibits of the Capitoline Museums including the Capitoline Wolf feeding twins Romulus and Remus and Palazzo Nuovo, the first Roman museum that was open to the public. Palazzo del Senatore now houses the Roman City Hall.

Geometrics of the Capitoline Hill designed by Michelangelo is full of symbols and allegories, one of the miracles is the egg-shaped engraving with the diamond pattern within it. Most probably Michelangelo was trying to create an allegory of the vast Roman empire with the centre on Capitoline Hill. In ancient times there was the Temple of Jupiter on Capitoline Hill that according to ancient Roman citizens symbolized "the capital of the world". In the middle of the square on the pedestal of Michelangelo's design stands the equestrian statue of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius – the only surviving antique bronze equestrian statue that is 4,24 meters high. The sculpture was held in regard because it was thought to depict Emperor Constantine until the sculpture was compared to the image of the emperor on the coins of the ancient Rome. Statue that now stands on the Capitoline Hill is a copy. The original statue after reconstruction works was placed in the Capitoline Museum in Palazzo Nuovo. There is a terrace cafe on the roof of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, you can relax there even without visiting the museum.

Address: Piazza del Campidoglio
How to reach: metro Colosseo
Coordinates: 41.893441, 12.482727