Campidoglio is also called the Capitol hill. According to the legends, it is one of the seven hills on which they established Ancient Rome. There are more roads which can take you to the top of the hill. Let’s admit the access here would be easier on Segways, right:)? We can take advantage of these machines to avoid the effort of climbing it up on foot.
The landscape of the square which you can see today is not that old. Michelangelo Buonarotti, a famous Italian renaissance artist, got this opportunity to design not only the square but also the palaces around. Pope Paul III commissioned him because he wanted to impress Charles V on his royal visit to the city. Try to have a look at the square from the top on some online maps. You will see there perfectly geometrically shaped ornaments on the square. In the middle of Piazza di Campidoglio, there is a bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius on the horse. It is the only one of the many bronze equestrian bronze statues once adorning Rome that has survived.
Have you ever heard an expression Cordonata? It is a wide road going up a hill. They make with large bricks or pieces of marble. In the end, it gives you the impression of a staircase. Here in Campidoglio, you can see probably the most famous Cordonata in the world. It connects Piazza d’Aracoeli with Piazza di Campidoglio on the top of the hill. It also designed Michelangelo Bunarotti to complete the magnificent landscape of the Capitol hill.
Romulus and Remus
Once you are on the hill try not to miss the statue of Romulus And Remus. These two guys were raised by a wolf and established the city in 753 BC. The statue stands on a column in the left part of the square. It is not very big but you will definitely find it. Did you know that the part with the wolf is way older than the two babies? They added the boys there later in the time of Baroque and it became the symbol of this eternal city.
Museums and Government
Campidoglio nowadays hosts Rome city museum and also governmental buildings. You can find there Rome’s Municipal hall and also offices of the mayor of the city. The council hall takes its place in Julius Caesar’s room. Musei Capitolini has been open to the public since 1734. They are considered to be the first museums in the world. It was the first time when the public could admire pieces of arts from private collections.
Santa Maria In Aracoeli
It takes its place on the highest pint of Campidoglio. Before the church, there was the citadel of Rome. The “Capitoline basilica” is famous for its frescoes and tombs and also ancient relics. Originally it was a property of Greek monks. Nowadays it belongs to Franciscans. From the top, you can enjoy a splendid view of the city. It hosts many weddings all years long. It also became one of the symbols of the city.
Let us show you one of the most beautiful views of Roman Forums. There is a hidden spot from where you can observe the beauties of the ancient city. You will see the ruins of the temples, markets and governmental buildings. At the end of this scene, you can also admire the beautiful Colosseum. This spot tempts you to come here also in the evening. There are not many people at this time and you can enjoy the breathtaking atmosphere when sipping from the drink you took with you:).