The Campidoglio is the lowest and less extensive of the Seven Hills of Rome.
A long staircase, the Cordonata, leads to the beautiful Piazza del Campidoglio, one of the earliest examples in Rome of “Modern Square”. In the middle you can admire the statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius which has been presently replaced by a copy. The original statue, after a long restoration, was transferred in the Musei Capitolini, where you can find works showing a strong connection with the history of Rome.
At both sides of the square two identical palaces Palazzo dei Conservatorion the right, Palazzo Nuovo on the left, have been built from the designs of Michelangelo. The two buildings are connected by an underground tunnel housing the Galleria Lapidaria, which leads to the old Ta b u l a r i u m , whose monumental arches overlook the Foro Romano. Despite their impressive marble covering, the two buildings are just wings of another palace located in the middle of the square, covered with simple plaster: the Palazzo Senatorio, headquarters offices of the Mayor of Rome.
Piazza del Campidoglio