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Rome Capitoline Museums tickets

I'll tell you what you can't miss at the Capitoline Museums and give you some tips on how to get your tickets at the best price.

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

7 min read

Rome Capitoline Museums tickets

Inside the Capitoline Museums | ©Mike Bradley

The Capitoline Museums are the first museum dedicated to art in history. Located at the top of the Capitoline Hill, they are two buildings that hold a collection of art of the Catholic Church donated by Pope Sixtus IV.

If you are thinking of visiting them during your trip to Rome, I will tell you how to do it:

The most economical option
Empire Roman Museum Ticket (Capitolini): Hosted Entry

Access to the Capitoline Museums without queues and at the best price

Perfect if you want to explore the museum at your own pace and not join a guided tour. With this option, you'll save time by skipping the queues at the ticket office.

From £25 at Hellotickets

Buying your tickets to the Capitoline Museums online is a very good option to save you the entrance queues and ensure your visit. This museum operates with time slots to distribute tickets to visitors, so I highly recommend you to buy your ticket in advance.

You will be able to explore the rooms filled with sculptures, artefacts and archaeological remains from the Roman Empire at your own pace and without rushing as, although you have a fixed entry time, you can stay in the Capitoline Museums' buildings as long as you like.

Why I like this option: it is the easiest and cheapest way to visit the Capitoline Museums at your own pace. You won't have to stick to a guide's itinerary and you'll have time to visit at your own pace.

I recommend it if... you are a self-guided person or if you know enough about the history of Rome to not need a guide during the visit.

The most complete option
Rome Capitoline Museums Skip-the-Line Tour with Capitoline Square

Discover the Museum with an expert guide

This is the best option to join a guided tour of the Capitoline Museums in English. You will walk through all the rooms with a specialised guide who will make sure you enjoy the tour to the fullest.

From £34 at Hellotickets

Another way to do this visit is with a tour of the Capitoline Museums, where a professional guide, an expert in the history of the Roman Empire, will take you to see the most unique works of art and objects that this museum has to offer.

As well as buying tickets in advance, this tour guarantees you skip the queues and will offer you a narration entirely in English for 3 hours of duration. After the guided tour, you can wander around the museum at your leisure if you're still hungry for more.

One thing that sets this tour apart from the others is that it is done in a small group of a maximum of 13 people, which ensures that you get close contact with the guide and avoids the hassle of being part of a crowd of tourists.

Why I like this option: in my opinion, a guided tour in a place with so much historical context and so many details is always a good idea. You'll be able to understand everything you see and an expert guide will make sure you don't miss the essential works.

I recommend it if... you want to better understand and contextualise what you see, as well as being surrounded by a small group, which will make the visit much more intimate.

Buy your ticket to the Capitoline Museums at the box office

Capitoline She-wolf Statue| ©Malditofriki
Capitoline She-wolf Statue| ©Malditofriki

You can buy your tickets at the ticket office, which is on the ground floor of the Palazzo dei Conservatori. General admission is €15, and reduced admission for people aged between 6 and 25 or over 65 is €13. My recommendation, both for this experience and for any other visit to Rome that requires a ticket, is to purchase tickets online in advance.

The only advantage of deciding to buy tickets at the ticket office is that you can improvise the visit and leave it for the moment you feel like it, but in exchange you will lose a lot of time in the queue and nothing assures you get a ticket for the time you want.

What to see in the Capitoline Museums

View from the Tabularium| ©Andrés Alvarado
View from the Tabularium| ©Andrés Alvarado

The Capitoline Museums are spread over two buildings surrounding the Piazza del Campidoglio, and are considered one museum where you can see everything: Roman bronze and marble statues from ancient times, impressive frescoes from medieval and Renaissance times, and from the museum you'll have an amazing view of the Roman Forum.

Here is the itinerary that I took on my visit to the museum, which I prepared especially before my visit to make sure I didn't miss anything essential:

Palazzo dei Conservatori

Start your visit by entering the building opposite the New Palace. In the courtyard, you can admire the fragments of the imposing Colossus of Constantine, a statue that used to occupy a prominent place in the Roman Forum.

Continue to the Hall of Tapestries, also known as the Hall of the Throne, since in the 18th century it was used as the command room of the pontiff of Rome. You will see impressive tapestries depicting historical scenes from Ancient Rome, and reproductions of works by Rubens.

In the Hall of the She-wolf you can see the bronze statue from around the 5th century representing Romulus and Remus, the mythical founders of Rome, suckling the she-wolf. This work is the symbol of the city and its hall is surrounded by fasces, lists of magistrates engraved in marble.

In the other rooms of the Palazzo dei Conservatori you can see the Spinario, also known as the 'Child of the Thorn', and a second-century bronze statue of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius on horseback.

On a totally subjective note, one thing you can't miss in the Capitoline Museums is the Hall of the Geese. The 'Head of Medusa' by Bernini that you can see there has a certain aura that will leave you (figuratively) in awe.

Galleria Lapidaria

It is an underground gallery in which more than a hundred stone inscriptions that were used for both public and private life in Rome in antiquity are on display. You can read informative texts about tombs, laws, trades and merchant affairs, and military orders.

At the end of the gallery you will come to the Tabularium, where you will have a memorable view of the Roman Forum.

Palazzo Nuovo

This is, in my opinion and in the opinion of many people who visit the Capitoline Museums, the wing of the museum that you should definitely not miss. Here you will find some of the most beautiful marble statues in the History of Art, and as you enter you will fall under the hypnosis of the statue of Marforio, the god of the river, who will welcome you in a portico flanked by niches inhabited by statues in perfect symmetry with the design of the floor. A real fantasy.

You will then ascend the palace and find yourself in the Great Hall, which retains its original gilded wooden ceiling. On a sunny day, the light coming through the windows will give this room a dreamlike appearance, and create an atmosphere that I have not found elsewhere in Rome.

To end your visit, admire the most famous sculpture in the whole museum, the 'Dying Galata', which is a marble copy of the original work, now disappeared.

Alex's Traveller Tip

The tunnel of the Galleria Lapidaria contains one of the best views in all of Rome: the Roman Forum and its ancient ruins at close quarters. Whatever you do on your visit to the Capitoline Museums, don't miss this panoramic view.

Things to consider before booking

Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius| ©Mike Steele
Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius| ©Mike Steele
  • You will receive a confirmation email when you book your tickets or tour, at the email address you have provided. Open it to check that everything is correct, and my advice is to keep it in prominent post as you will need to show it at the ticket office or to your guide at the meeting point.
  • You can return the tickets or cancel the tour at any time, which is an advantage over buying tickets by other means. However, to receive a 100% refund, you will need to do so 24 hours before the start of the experience. You will see the instructions in the confirmation email.

Tips for visiting the Capitoline Museums

Capitoline Museums Room| ©Mike Steele
Capitoline Museums Room| ©Mike Steele
  • In addition to what I have been telling you about in my itinerary, the museum has a lot of other things to see, such as coins and jewellery from ancient times that you will love to peruse if you have a passion for history.
  • The Capitoline Museums are open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from **9:30am to 7:**30pm, except on 24 and 31 December when they close at 2pm. On 1 January, 1 May and 25 December the museum is closed all day.
  • You can take photos inside the museum, but flash and tripods are not allowed.
  • If you are carrying a large backpack or bag, you will have to leave it at the ticket office, which costs €1. If you do, remember to bring loose change.
  • The closest metro stop to the Capitoline Museums is Colosseo (line B), which is about a 15-minute walk away. Some nearby bus stops are Teatro Marcello-Ara Coeli, Teatro Marcello, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Venezia-Ara Coeli, Fori Imperiali and Plebiscito.

Other activities that may interest you

After touring the Capitoline Museums, if you haven't already done so, I recommend a visit to the Roman Forum. There are plenty of guided tours and experiences that take you to visit them along with the Colosseum, and you can read more about tickets for the Colosseum in Rome and guided tours of the Colosseum.

And if you are one of those people who tirelessly tour the museums of the cities you visit, the Vatican Museums are not to be missed. The richness of centuries and centuries of art are the treasure of its collection, which houses works by Da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, and an essential visit to Rome such as the Sistine Chapel.

Read more about how to get your Vatican tickets at the best price or take a guided tour of the Vatican with an expert guide to make the most of your visit.