About The Origin of Rome - Ancient Rome and Capitol Museums
A discovery of the art and famed location that defines the beginning of Rome this tour of the Capitoline Museums Capitoline Hill and surroundings illustrates the legendary past of the Eternal City. From Trajans Column in the Imperial Fora your guide will put the Capitoline into context with the modern Victor Emmanuel II Monument Il Vittoriano a major monument of Italy commemorating the Italian Revolution and unification. From the Vittoriano you will walk Michelangelos Renaissance staircase to Piazza Campidoglio atop the Capitoline Hill where the ancient bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius awaits you. One of the seven hills of Rome the Capitolines history characterizes it as the first capitol of the Roman World and in fact it is from this very hill that we derive the word "capitol." With a thorough tour inside the Capitoline Museums you will explore the oldest public museum collection in the world. Founded originally by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471 the Capitoline Museums now house some of the most famous and definitive pieces of art such as the Dying Gaul Capitoline Venus original colossal bronze sculpture of Marcus Aurelius Capitoline She-Wolf Berninis Medusa and the colossal statue remains of Constantine. Enjoy the best view of the Roman Forum from the Tabularium underneath the Capitoline Museums before re-emerging to Michelangelos Piazza Campidoglio. You will end your visit of the Capitoline Hill overlooking the skyline of Rome upon the terraces of the Victor Emmanuel Monument- the modern tribute to the Italian Republic and memory of the Italian Risorgimento. This walking tour of Romes mythic origins and legendary beginnings up to its modern grandeur encompasses the center of the civilization created and cultivated by the Romans leaving any visitor in awe of the humble beginnings which evolved into the most famous of empires. Highlights - Trajans Column Forum - Piazza Venezia - Victor Emmanuel II Monument Il Vittoriano - Piazza Campidoglio Michelangelos Staircase & ancient bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius - Capitoline Museums Palazzo dei Conservatori Tabularium Palazzo Nuovo Includes - Capitoline Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee - English speaking tour guide Excludes - Hotel pick-up-drop-off - Meals and drinks - Personal expenses - Tips and gratuities - Optional activity costs Please Note - Infants up to 3 years old travel for free and do not require a reservation. - This tour involves a fair amount of walking and comfortable shoes are recommended. - We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or mobility impairments on this tour. - It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure point on time. - This tour operates with a maximum of 25 guests. - This tour ends at the Victor Emmanuel Monument Vittorio Emanuele. - Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time and present your voucher to the tour coordinator. - Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.