Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome
The Palazzo dei Conservatori, built by Giacomo della Porta in 1564-75 to the design of Michelangelo, contains reception rooms used by the municipality of Rome on ceremonial occasions, and also houses part of the Capitoline Museum. Notable exhibits in the museum include fragments of a colossal statue of the Emperor Constantine, 12m/40ft high, and two statues of captive Barbarian princes (in the courtyard); the Capitoline She-Wolf, an Etruscan work of the sixth century (the hindquarters were damaged by lightning in 65 B.C.; the figures of Romulus and Remus were added at the Renaissance); parts of the Fasti Consulares et Triumphales, a list of consuls and their victories; and the "Boy with a Thorn", a Hellenistic copy in bronze of a 5th century original.
Palazzo dei Conservatori Map
Address: Piazza del Campidoglio, I-00186 Rome, Italy
Opening hours: 9am-1:30pm; Sun: 9am-1pm
Transit: Metro: Colosseo (line B); Bus: 57, 85, 87, 88, 90, 90b, 92, 94, 95, 716, 718, 719.
Palazzo dei Conservatori Highlight
At the southwest corner of the Palazzo dei Conservatori is the Tarpeian Rock (Rupe Tarpea) from which, in Roman times, condemned prisoners were hurled to their death.