Lots of people, when they visit Rome go up the huge Capitoline steps to see the Marcus Aurelius equestrian monument, the fancy pavement, and enjoy the view. But not so many people realize that of the three buildings up there two are part of a museum that has a TON of crazy good antique sculpture in it, really super awesome views over the Forum, and Constantine’s giant head. WINS all.
Now Michelangelo was involved in the architecture of the buildings up there; the ones on the right and left form the primary structures of the museum, and the one in the middle is actually Rome’s city hall. But who cares about the current government, when there’s so much glory from the governments of the past inside?!?!
The sculpture at the Capitoline Museums is SO good, I would suggest it as another alternative to the Vatican. There’s all the Constantine stuff, the actual Etruscan Capitoline Wolf, the actual Marcus Aurelius (the one in the piazza is a copy), and the Dying Gaul. So good, so good. And it’s mostly, entirely empty, which is my favorite type of museum. The mostly empty kind.