Piazza del Campidoglio

Piazza del Campidoglio (Capitol Hill Square), located on the Capitoline Mountain, is the symbol of Renaissance Rome.
The piazza was designed by Michelangelo who was commissioned by Pope Paolo III Farnese to redesign the whole area, which had deteriorated, for the arrival in Rome of Emperor Charles V. Michelangelo designed the Piazza, orienting it towards the Basilica of Saint Peter, which at the time was the political centre of the city.
An imposing bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius was installed at the centre of the piazza. Today, the original is in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, while the statue that we currently see in the piazza is a faithful reproduction of it.
Because of the slowness of the construction work, Michelangelo died before seeing his work completed but, despite this, the construction was carried out faithfully following the master’s plan.
Piazza del Campidoglio is one of the city’s main tourist attractions, not only because of its location, but also because of the Capitoline Museums; on the corner between Palazzo Senatorio and Palazzo Nuovo there is also the sculpture of Lupa Capitolina, the protagonist of the mythical legend of Romulus and Remus.
The she-wolf on the column is only a copy of the original found inside the Capitoline Museums.
Palazzo Senatorio is also home to the offices of the mayor and the City Council.

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