A world class sculpture collection beside the Forum
The Capitoline Museums house a collection of ancient sculptures in a pair of buildings designed by Michelangelo in the mid-16th century. The architecture on its own is stunning, but add to that brilliant frescoes and museum halls decked out with bronze and marble statuary depicting gods, emperors, and even exotic animals, and you've got one of the most magnificent museum collections in the world. Don't miss the colossal statue of Constantine, now in pieces, on the ground floor near the entrance. To get from one museum building to the other you will have to pass through the Tabularium (the ancient vital statistics building), from which there are spectacular views over the Roman Forum.