Theatre of Marcellus
- Mouth of Truth
In this tour through the districts of the Eternal City we will know the Capitoline Museums, considered the oldest in the world and named from the place where they were found, the Capitoline Hill or Campidoglio, nowadays the city hall. The Museum is composed by two main buildings called: Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, linked by the Lapidary Gallery, which leads to the ancient "Tabularium" where we will have the privilege of having a peek to one of the most impressive views of the Roman Forum. The Palazzo dei Conservatori, decorated with splendid frescoes about Roman stories hosts bronzes of great symbolic value for the city: the Capitoline she-wolf, the Spinario and the Republican Brutus. In the Roman Garden we will admire the original equestrian bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius and the imposing ruins of the temple of Jupiter with other works. The Palazzo Nuovo houses collections of ancient sculptures that belonged to the great aristocratic families of past centuries: busts of famous philosophers and Romans emperors, the famous statues of the Dying Gaul, the Capitoline Venus and the imposing statue of Marforio. We will continue the visit in Capitol Square, famous for being redesigned by Michelangelo in 1536 and deliberately oriented toward St. Peter's Basilica, which was the political center of the city at that time. We will descend along the Cordonata, the majestic staircase leading to the Piazza d'Aracoeli and walk to Marcello’s Theatre started by César and completed by Augustus (27 BC-14 AD). The building is the only one between the three permanent theatres in Rome that retains much of the exterior facade. The theatre was all in travertine and could accommodate 15,000 spectators. Continuing to the Forum Boario we will admire the best preserved Roman temples of Republican period and will conclude the visit in the medieval Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. In the portico of the basilica is preserved the Mouth of Truth, an ancient marble mask with ancient and legendary fame. Our guide will tell you the legend that every liar putting his hand inside the sculpture will lose it immediately. After the visit, if you wish, you could stay for a classic souvenir photo and check personally if this ancient "lie detector" still works. The tour ens at the Mouth of Truth.
- Professional monolingual live guide
- Skip the Line admission tickets to the Capitoline Museums
- Hotel pick up and transportation
- Hotel drop off
- Everything that it is not specifically mentioned under "the tour includes"