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Rome: Empire Roman Museum with Multimedia Video

1. Rome: Empire Roman Museum with Multimedia Video

Welcome to the world’s first museum! The Empire Roman Museum has a fascinating collection of art and artifacts, all of which tell different stories of the fascinating history of Rome. In 1734, Pope Clementine XII decided to make a significant collection of artwork and ancient sculptures permanently accessible to the people of Rome. With this magnanimous act, he created the world's first museum, located on top of one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Overlooking the Ancient Roman Forum, it is simply a melting pot of history. You can see the famous she-wolf sculpture featuring Rome's founders Romulus and Remus, and see a treasure chest of items telling the story of Rome, the ancient Caput Mundi.

Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

2. Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and unique experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass. It’s actually 2 passes rolled into one. Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all top sights in Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. You will also receive a free guidebook and map to help you plan your itinerary as well as dedicated itineraries that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. The OMNIA Card includes: • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio-guide • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica including multilingual audio-guide app - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Carcer Tullianum / Mamertine Prison (St Peter's Prison) - advanced reservations required (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Vox City Guide app • Open Bus Vatican and Rome / Roma Cristiana The Roma Pass includes free admission to 2 of the following attractions (adult tickets only): • Capitoline Museums • Castel Sant'Angelo • The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Borghese Gallery - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) It also includes price reductions to many museums and attractions, including the following: Museums: • Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps • National Roman Museum – Crypta Balbi • National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian • National Gallery in Palazzo Barberini • Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia • Musei Capitolini • Centrale Montemartini • National Museum of Oriental Art • MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma • MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts • Planetarium and astronomical museum Attractions: • Trajan's Market • Palazzo Valentini – Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane • Ara Pacis Roma Cristiana Open Bus Tour. This panoramic hop-on hop-off bus tour stops at: 1. Saint Peter's Basilica 2. Piazza Navona 3. Santa Maria ad Martyres Pantheon 4. Santa Maria in Aracoeli 5. Termini Central Station 6. Santa Maria Maggiore 7. San Giovanni - Holy Stairs 8. Colosseum - Roman Forum 9. Circus Maximus 10. Tiber Island 11. Palazzo Farnese

Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

3. Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

The Roma Pass network includes over 45 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, including the Colosseum, Roman and Imperial Forums, Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis, Trajan's Market, MACRO, the National Roman Museums, the Caracalla Baths, Borghese Gallery, Circo Massimo, Archaeological Park of Appia Antica, and Castel Sant'Angelo. With the city card, skip-the-line admission will be free at your first museum or site. In addition, you’ll enjoy discounted admission to all other museums and archaeological sites visited thereafter. You’ll also receive discounts with other participating service and activity providers. Explore the city as you travel for free on Rome’s public transportation network.

Rome: Capitoline Museums + Centrale Montemartini Option

4. Rome: Capitoline Museums + Centrale Montemartini Option

The Roman Empire Museum, also known as the Capitoline Museums, has an extensive collection of art and artifacts all telling the fascinating history of Rome. In 1734, Pope Clementine XII decided to make this significant collection of artwork and ancient sculptures permanently accessible to the people of Rome. Admire the famous she-wolf sculpture featuring Rome's founders Romulus and Remus, and see the treasure chest of items telling the story of Rome, the ancient Caput Mundi. Marvel at the Ancient Roman Forum on top of one of the Seven Hills of Rome. The Centrale Montemartini is the new exhibition space for the Capitoline Museums housed in the first public thermoelectric power plant. Admire hundreds of sculptures from the exhibition entitled, “The Machines and the Gods" in 1997. Explore the opposition between two different worlds: classical art and industrial archaeology. The display reconstructs some of the great monumental complexes and illustrates the development of the ancient city from the Republican era to the late Imperial Age.

Rome: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

5. Rome: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

Explore Rome at your own pace with the Go City Rome Explorer Pass. Choose from 2 to 7 attractions and tours from a list of over 30 options including the Colosseum, a hop-on hop-off bus tour, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and more. With a full 60 days to use your pass from your first attraction visit or tour, you'll have plenty of time to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, join a wine tasting by the Colosseum, enjoy a classical music concert, or go bike riding among ancient Roman ruins. Avoid the hassle of having to buy individual attraction tickets each time, with the Rome Explorer Pass it's all right there on your phone! Enjoy a complimentary digital guide packed with attraction information and instructions on booking your visits. To redeem, simply display your pass on your mobile device (or print it at home) at the ticket office or gate for free admission. Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions from the following: (R) Reservations required. Follow the instructions on the digital guide for each attraction or tour. Cultural and Historical Sights • Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with audio tour, hosted entry, and multimedia video (R) • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - reserved entrance (R) • St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour • Borghese Gallery and City Guide app (R) • Castel Sant' Angelo with audio guide (R) • Capitolini Museum with hosted entry (R) • Altar of the Fatherland Panoramic View (R) • Pantheon Guided Tour (R) Other Tours and Experiences • Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off 1-Day Classic Tour • Rome Catacombs Tour including transfer (R) • Piazza Navona Underground • Pizza Terrace Dinner in the Prati District (R) • Delicious Pasta Menu by Trevi Fountain (R) • Best of Rome at Twilight (R) • Wine tasting with a certified sommelier by the Colosseum • Colosseum Exterior VR Experience (R) • Circus Maximus Virtual Reality Game (R) • Bike rental with Caracalla Baths (R) • Ancient Via Appia Antica by Bike • The Three Tenors in Concert with Ballet - St. Paul's Church • Museo delle Cere (Wax Museum) • Welcome to Rome Show • Leonardo Da Vinci Experience • Vivaldi's Four Seasons Meets Bach's Masterpieces • Trevi District Underground: Small Aqueduct Domus (R) • Vigamus - Video Game Museum • Bike rental with Circo Massimo experience (R) • Empresses, Emperors and Courtesans Tour (R) Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction list including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go. The most popular attractions in Rome can get particularly busy, especially doing holiday periods, so booking in advance is essential to avoid disappointment.

Rome: Vatican and Rome Experience Pass

6. Rome: Vatican and Rome Experience Pass

Choose from many attractions, including sites such as the Colosseum and Vatican Museums with skip-the-line entry. Take in opera shows at night, see the Sistine Chapel, travel to a fun park, or take a wine tasting and food tour. Purchase a pass for the number of attractions you want to visit - with 3, 5 and 7-choice passes available. Simply present your voucher at the centrally located Roman Forum station where your professional staff provide you with all necessary information. There's plenty to choose from to make the most of your visit to Rome. Your pass will be activated upon scanning at the first attraction, following which it remains valid for the next 90 days. Choose from the following attractions: • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Reserved Entrance Ticket• Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Reserved Entrance Ticket• St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour (no skip-the-line)• Modern Exhibition Art Gallery• Navona Underground with audioguide• Trevi District Underground with audioguide• Catacombs guided tour (no transfer included)• Roman Empire Museum (Capitoline Museum) Reserved Entrance• Leonardo da Vinci Experience with audioguide• The Altar of the Fatherland Elevator & Risorgimento Museum & Palazzo Venezia reserved entrance ticket• Trajan’s Markets Reserved Entrance Ticket• 1 day Hop-on hop-off bus• 1-hour bike rental• 72-hour public transport ticket• A night at the Opera (only if available)• Rome Imperial 3D show and audioguide• Caracalla Baths Reserved Entrance Ticket• Circo Maximo Virtual Reality Experience Reserved Entrance Ticket• Castel Sant’Angelo Reserved Entrance Ticket• Galleria Doria Pamphilj Reserved Entrance Ticket• Panoramic Terrace Breakfast• Panoramic Terrace Aperitif• Papal Udience + St. Peter's Guided Tour (only on Wednesday)• National Roman Museum (Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Baths of Diocletian, Palazzo Massimo) Reserved Entrance Ticket• Ara Pacis Museum• Pantheon Guided Tour• Street Art Guided Tour (only if available)• Caravaggio Guided Tour (only if available)• Jewish Ghetto Guided Tour (only if available)• Navona Underground, Pantheon +Trevi Fountain Tour (only if available)• Lateran Complex tour (only if available) • Vatican Gardens panoramic open bus + audioguide OUTSIDE ROME:• Ancient Appia Guided Tour (only if available)• A Walk in the Pontifical Villa Gardens in Castel Gandolfo• Pontifical Villa Garden Open Bus in Castel Gandolfo• Pope Summer Residence with audioguide in Castel Gandolfo• Ancient Ostia Reserved Entrance Ticket• Tivoli Villas: Villa Adriana or Villa D’Este

Rome: Private Capitoline Museums Tour

7. Rome: Private Capitoline Museums Tour

Discover the oldest European public collection of antiquities created by Pope Sixtus IV at the end of the 15th century. This Museum is designed to help you to make all the pieces of old Roman history fit together. You'll begin with the magnificent Capitoline Square, designed by Michelangelo, before entering the museum to learn about incredible marble and bronze statues. Take the chance to see the symbol of Rome, the "She Wolf", before entering the Marcus Aurelius Exedra. The bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius dates back to the 2nd century A.D. Following the statue, you can admire the archaeological ruins of the ancient Capitoline Temple of Jupiter before taking in the incredible views over the Roman Forum from the museum.

Rome: 2.5-Hour Private Tour of the Capitoline Museums

8. Rome: 2.5-Hour Private Tour of the Capitoline Museums

Meet your guide at the entrance of the Capitoline Museums and start this exclusive private tour that will show you some of the most beautiful works of the Roman antiquity. You could admire a large number of ancient Roman statues, inscriptions, and other artifacts; a collection of medieval and Renaissance art; and collections of jewels, coins, and other items. The visit starts from the courtyard of the Palace of the Conservatives, one of the two historic seats of the Museum, where you will see the remains of a colossal acrolith representing Constantine. On the first floor you can see the Capitoline Brutus bust; the Spinario, a Greco-Roman Hellenistic bronze sculpture of a boy withdrawing a thorn from the sole of his foot; the Capitoline Wolf, a bronze sculpture of themythical she-wolf nursing Romulus and Remus, which has become the emblem of the Eternal City; and the terrific Castellani collection, which includes approximately 700 magnificent Greek and Etruscan vases. You will then pass to the second floor of the palace, where you can admire the Pinacoteca, the oldest public collection of paintings with works by Caravaggio, Guido Reni, Carracci, Guercino, Domenichino, Veronese, Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens and Pietro da Cortona. In addition, admire the frescoes and statues from the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. Going down to the ground floor, you will visit the exedra with the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and appreciate the ruins of the ancient temples still visible in the structure of the building. Through an underground tunnel which crosses the Tabularium and from which you will be able to enjoy the magnificent views of the Roman Forum, your guide will lead you to the second historic seats of the museum: the New Palace. It houses statues, inscriptions, sarcophagi, busts, mosaics and other ancient Roman artifacts. Here, you will also be able to see the famous statue of Marforio, the Dying Gaul and the statue of Cupid and Psyche.

Roman Forum, Colosseum Guided Tour & Empire Museum Entrance

9. Roman Forum, Colosseum Guided Tour & Empire Museum Entrance

Immerse yourself in Roman history with a 2.5 walking guided tour including entrance to the Colosseum and Forum at the end of your tour. Walk along the Via Sacra (Sacred Road) and immerse yourself in Roman history. The main path through the Roman Forum, the Sacred Road once sparkled with festivals and triumphal processions. Head to the Temple, which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. Visitors from around the world still leave flowers and candles at the site to this day. Visit the world's first museum and explore its fascinating art collections and artifacts. Learn about the history of the museum that was opened in 1734 by Pope Clementine XII granting every Roman access to the artwork and ancient sculptures in the museum. Enjoy some of the best views over Ancient Rome and its iconic landmarks, including the Colosseum, the Imperial Forum, the ruins of the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. Listen to stories of how the construction on Capitoline Hill began, and how Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Paul III to design the square. The first square of modern Rome was created by the genius of Michelangelo, rising on the Capitoline Hill. Admire paintings by Caravaggio and other renowned artists. See the famous she-wolf sculpture featuring Rome's founders Romulus and Remus, and discover a treasure chest of items telling the story of Rome — the ancient Caput Mundi. Your expert guide will help you to appreciate these works in all their meaning.

Rome: Capitoline Museums Percy Jackson Mythology Tour

10. Rome: Capitoline Museums Percy Jackson Mythology Tour

The Capitoline Museums are viewed as outstanding amongst other accumulations of ancient art on the planet and they contain exceptionally perfect works of art. Get comfortable with the bronze She Wolf statue, the image of Rome, the portrait of Emperor Constantine, the Boy with Thorn, the bust of the Poet Homer, Hercules, Venus and numerous others. You will figure out how the ancient Romans used to play, see a genuine tomb of a combatant, decode the antiquated timetables and that will only be the tip of the iceberg. You will likewise encounter all the fundamental characters of Percy's undertakings: creatures like Polyphemus, the frightening Medusa, the all-powerful Jupiter, Athena and Ares. Find out about every one of the characters of Greek and Roman mythology portrayed in the mainstream books your children know well. Appreciate a 2.5-hour exciting voyage through the Capitoline Museums of Rome investigating ancient myths, meeting the Olympian gods, finding satyrs and different baffling animals.  

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What people are saying about Capitoline Museums

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 4,558 reviews

Before entering the museum it is necessary to remember to print and validate the tickets not at the museum cashier but down in the square exactly in the shop in front of the staircase and behind the main bus stops. The museum is beautiful and easy to navigate

Pude activarlo directamente en el aeropuerto de Fiumicino. Tener acceso al transporte, buses y trenes, fue muy conveniente! El acceso a las atracciones también fue muy conveniente.

In the voucher office the girls were very helpful and nice, also skip the line function was a huge huge help. Absolutely worth it.

was a perfect visit, using the Roma pass was a great help with the transportation and sights!

Martina was the greatest, made the experience great for me and my son!