Guided tour

Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

4.6 / 5

62 reviews

Activity provider: MEA Tour&Events

Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

Activity provider: MEA Tour&Events

From US$ 60.47 per person

Enjoy a guided tour of the unique museum founded by Pope Sixtus IV and admire the stunning bronze sculptures of the emperors of Rome. Explore the entire Capitoline Hill complex, designed by Michelangelo, as your guide brings the past back to life.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
German, English


  • Explore Capitoline Hill and learn the history of this famous site designed by Michelangelo
  • Enjoy a tour of the St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica
  • Admire works by Caravaggio, such as La Buona Ventura and San Giovanni Battista, in the Museum
Full description
On this 3-hour tour you’ll meet your guide at the top of the stairs of the St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica, where you’ll begin your amazing journey through the history of the Capitoline Hill complex, including the Capitoline Museum and St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica. Your professional guide will tell you 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, on the site of an old village and the place dedicated to numerous temples to the Roman deities. Step inside Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, built on the ruins of the Tempio di Giunone Moneta. Its name derives from a legend according to which a sibyl predicted the coming of the son of God, saying: Haec est ara filii Dei. This is the highest peak of the Campidoglio Hill. Visit the Capitoline Museum founded by Pope Sixtus IV, and admire paintings by Caravaggio and other masters. From the top of the hill, you’ll have a panoramic view of Rome that includes the domes of Sant'Andrea della Valle and San Pietro.
  • 3-hour skip-the-line tour of the Capitoline Museum and St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica
  • Licensed professional guide
  • Admission fee to the Capitoline Museum
  • Headsets (so you can hear the guide at all times)
  • Food and drinks
  • Pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Be sure that your shoulders and knees are covered when entering St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 62 reviews

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Marlee was fantastic. Incredibly knowledgeable, passionate about her work and very personable. She put a fresh perspective on some of the artwork pushing us to look at it from a different point of view. The tour was three hours long, but it certainly did not feel like 3 hours. I could have listened to Marlee for another 3 hours.

February 18, 2020

Serena is the absolute best!

As luck would have it, I was the only person on the tour. I was lucky to have Serena as a guide, who knows the museums, and all of Rome, by heart. We engaged in a fabulous back and forth, give and take, for three straight hours. By the end of the tour, I not only knew what I need to know about the Capitoline museums, I also have a list of other sites I now have to see, and I know why. Thanks!

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September 14, 2017

Judy was a great guide, who really knew her stuff. Very friendly too. The Capitoline Museums are absolutely loaded with treasures and we needed every second of the 3 hours to do it justice. The basilica was breathtaking too. We really enjoyed the tour from beginning to end.

April 5, 2022

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