A Virtual Visit of Rome’s Museums [Video]

I’ve got good news for you today! You can travel this year, even if you can’t get any further than your own doorstep! Come visit Rome through these great interactive virtual tours of Rome’s Civic Museums – the Capitoline!

The 8 Capitoline Museums

The Capitoline Museums are really a single museum containing a group of 8 art and archeological museums. Located in Piazza di Campidoglio on top of Rome’s Capitoline Hill, it lays claim to being the world’s oldest museum! And holds to the noble goal of being a place where art can be enjoyed by all and not only the owners. Immerse yourself in history with these great interactive websites!

1. The three main buildings

Start with this virtual tour of the museum’s three main buildings: the Senate building, the Conservative building, and Palazzo Nuovo. Surrounding the Campidoglio Piazza with Marcus Aurelious on horseback in the center, they are linked by an underground gallery beneath the piazza. You’ll be sure to enjoy the numerous paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and other artifacts!

2. Ara Pacis Museum

The main attraction here is the Ara Pacis altar dedicated to Pax, the Roman godess of peace. Commissioned by the Roman Senate in 13 BC, It was intended to communicate the abundance and prosperity of Rome under the Emporer Augustus. The structure built around the altar wasn’t added until 1938. Click here for your virtual tour!

3. The Napoleonic Museum

This museum presents the collections of Count Giuseppe Primoli, one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s descendents. Through works of art and various objects linked to the Bonaparte family, the Napoleone Museum recounts not only major historical events of the time, but also shows their day-to-day lives. Journey back in time with this virtual tour.

4. Trajan’s Market and Forum

The large complex of Trajan’s Market was once thought of as the world’s oldest shopping mall. We now know that these ruins on Via dei Fori Imperiali were also home to Emporer Trajan’s administrative buildings. The surviving buildings and structures create a living model of what life was like in ancient Rome’s capital. Discover all its treasures on this virtual tour.

5. Torlonia Museum

Torlonia once housed a collection of over 600 marble and alabaster statues. Described as the world’s most important private sculpture collection, it is said to rival the Vatican’s. In the 1960s the museum was dismantled, the artwork placed in storage, and the 77-room palace converted into an apartment building. But you can still tour the beautiful structure and some artifacts, by clicking here.

6. The Monte Martini Center

This part of the Capitoline Museums is beyond doubt the most unique, considering the fact that it is housed in a former power station. Some 400 sculptures are located in what was once Rome’s first public electricity plant. Take a virtual peep at this interesting and harmonious blend of art and industrial archeology!

7. Museum of the Walls

Another of the unique sections of Capitoline Museum, this one is actually located within the walls of the city gate, Porta San Sebastiano. A great exhibition of Roman building technics, this virtual tour grants the opportunity to walk along the inside of one of the best preserved sections of the Aurelian Wall. And if you ever make it to Rome in person, this museum is always free!

8. Museum of Rome

Founded during the Fascist era with the goal of documenting local history and traditions of the “old Rome.” Originally housed in a former pasta factory overlooking the Circo Massimo, it was closed down during WWII. Reopening in 1952 in Palazzo Braschi near Piazza Navona, it became primarily an art museum. Have a virtual look at its collection of some 5000 drawings, engravings, and old illustrated books.

I hope you enjoyed your tour of Rome’s civic museums. Isn’t it great to be travel without ever leaving your chair? And without having to spend a lot?!

Image credits: Roman forum | Capitoline | Ara Pacis altar by Rabax63, CC-BY-SA 4.0 | Trajan monument | Torlonia Museum by Carlo Morino, CC BY-SA 4.0 | Montemartini center | Museum of Walls | Museum of Rome.

Published by Signora Sheila

Wife, mom, nonna, missionary, and Bible student on a spiritual walk with Christ @mycammino. Because life is at heart a spiritual journey of going further up and further in, into the Father heart of God.

4 thoughts on “A Virtual Visit of Rome’s Museums [Video]

  1. I’m wondering how you ended up living in Italy!? Your husband is Italian–did you ever think that your family would come back to the states? Or was Italy always the plan? Thank you for the tour!


    1. Thanks for inquiring, Linda. I’m sure a lot of people wonder that. I’m hoping this fall to write more on that, on missions, etc. Shortly after starting to walk with Christ, he made it clear to us that our place was in Italy. We were in a strong “missionary church,” where numerous missionaries passed through regularly. Listening to them share how they were serving God in foreign lands, ignited that wish in us. We dreamed of serving him in exotic places and hoped to go to India or Africa. Until the Lord revealed that he was calling us to bring the Gospel to Mario’s land and people. In obedience, we prepared for that and have been serving him here ever since. We have no plans of returning to the states. But who knows what the Lord has in mind? Time will tell. Our only prayer is that we may faithfully serve him wherever he places us – all our days! (P.S. I’m glad you liked the tour!)

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      1. Thank you for sharing, Sheila. I have a friend who married outside the US, and she and her husband have not been able to move back here. I asked her if perhaps God has work for them to do there, and I thought of you. Thank you for your posts!!


      2. Thank you, Linda! I could send you my email, if perhaps your friend would be interested in communicating with me. Sometimes shared experiences can be of help. I love your posts too, especially hearing about your camp experiences!


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