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Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

Product ID: 53321
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.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 4:00 PM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
German, English, French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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
What’s Not Included
  • Headsets (so you can hear the guide at all times)
  • Food and drinks
  • Pick-up and drop off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide at Piazza del Campidoglio, under the Marco Aurelio statue. Your guide will be holding a sign with the local supplier's name on it. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time.

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Important information
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 51 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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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

En guise de petit groupe, il n'y avait que mon mari, le guide et moi. Guide super et très intéressante Parfait. Seule bémol sur l'équilibrage de la visite : nous avons passé trop de temps à visiter l'eglise et pas assez de temps au palazzio nuevo que nous avons un peu sabordé.

November 10, 2019

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Product ID: 53321