Piazza del Campidoglio

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This lovely piazza was designed by Michelangelo in 1538 for Pope Paul III.  Here's a great aerial view of the piazza.  The Italian government and the Roman civic government are centered in this area on the Capitoline Hill in Rome.  The other hills of Rome are:  Aventinus (Aventine), Caelius (Caelian), Esquiliae (Esquiline), Palatium (Palatine), Quirinalis (Quirinal), and Viminalis (Viminal). 

The buildings around the piazza had been the seat of government in medieval times.  The buildings are the Palazzo Senatorio, and the two buildings of the Capitoline Museum:  the Palazzo Nuovo, and the Palazzo dei Conservatori.  The latter two are now museums that contain collections of ancient sculpture and Renaissance art as well.  Go to the Musei Capitolini website and you can get a preview of what you can see there.  There are a couple of virtual tours and lots of great images of the art that you will see. 

Outside of the buildings, you will see some interesting sculptures.  One is a reproduction of a sculpture that was assumed to be of Emperor Constantine, the first Christian Emperor, but is now considered to be of Marcus Aurelius, a Roman emperor during the second century C.E. (Common Era).  The original of this statue is now in the Palazzo dei Conservatori.  Apparently the reason why this statue was not destroyed, along with all other statues of emperors, was because of the confusion about who was represented by the statue.      

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