If you have visited Rome before, you will understand why the city is known by many as the “Open Air Museum”, because wherever you turn into a street corner, there is something to discover. But Rome also offers a variety of interesting closed museums, which may be of interest to you, especially if you are considering buying the Rome Pass. The advantage of these museums featured in the blog is also that you are not on the main tourist route and therefore give you the opportunity to study and enjoy the collections in peace and quiet.
Less visited but nevertheless of great importance are the Capitoline Museums. Already in 1734, the art collection of Pope Clement XII. opened as the first public museum in the world!
The pope, who at that time had also tendered the project for the Trevi Fountain, financed this as well as the museums through the lottery, which was already very popular in Rome at the time!
A large part of the antique collection of statues was taken over by the Pope from the collection of the late Cardinal Albani, for whom German archeology Johann Joachim Winckelmann had worked as an art confidant. In the Capitoline Museums, which span three wings, one of which promises a breathtaking view of the Roman Forum, one can admire some of the most famous examples of ancient sculpture, including the Capitoline Shepherd, a 5th-century bronze work BC, the Dornauszieher, the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and the impressive remains of the colossal statue of Emperor Constantine. Of great relevance are also the ancient tombs and milestones and tablets of the law, which are kept in the Tabularium, the ancient state archive. Afterwards you can visit the collection of paintings or relax with a cappuccino on the panoramic terrace of the museums.
We recommend the visit and a tour of the Capitoline Museums not only for adults, but also for children, to whom the statues of emperors and gods can tell many stories from ancient Rome.
It is also interesting to learn how the large statues made of marble, terracotta or bronze were made more than 2000 years ago. If you want to visit, for example, the Coliseum, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Capitoline Museums, the Rome Pass would be worth your while.