Explore the Capitoline Hill complex, including the Capitoline Museum and St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica. In ancient times, the Capitoline Hill was the nerve center of the Roman Empire and its great Temple of Jupiter was considered one of the largest and the most beautiful temples in the city. Your guide will tell you all about the extraordinary history, how the construction on the Capitoline Hill began, and how Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Paul III to design the square. Discover the Piazza del Campidoglio and its grandious steps made by Michelangelo, rising on the Capitoline Hill, and the place dedicated to numerous temples to the Roman deities. Explore the interior of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, built on the ruins of the Tempio di Juno Moneta and the highest peak of the Campidoglio Hill. According to a medieval legend it is beleived that here a sybil predicted the coming of the son of God. Visit the Capitoline Museum founded by Pope Sixtus IV, and admire paintings by Caravaggio and other masters. From the top of the hill, you’ll have a panoramic view of Rome that includes the domes of Sant'Andrea della Valle and San Pietro.