Piazza del Campidoglio

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Located on top of the Capitol Hill, the Piazza del Campidoglio is considered one of the most beautiful squares of Rome. Now the headquarter of several government agencies, the piazza was designed by Michelangelo in a trapezoidal form and an intriguing oval-shaped ground pattern. Both the Palazzo Senatorio, the seat of the Roman Senate, and the façade of the Palazzo Dei Conservatori were rebuilt by the master of Renaissance.

Michelangelo also proposed the construction of a new palace, Palazzo Nuovo and at the center, it was erected an imposing bronze equestrian statue of Marco Aurelius. The architect and painter never saw his work completed but his design was followed faithfully.

The square is especially popular due to its proximity to the Capitoline Museums and to the legendary sculpture of the Capitoline Wolf, depicting a she-wolf suckling the mythical twin founders of Rome, Romulus, and Remus. The statue now displayed on the top of the column is a replica only, the original is kept in the Capitoline Museums.

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Piazza del Campidoglio 00186 Roma