Cordonata
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The area
Neighbourhood: Trevi
A non-stop photo and souvenir opportunity, Trevi is all about action. From early morning through the wee hours, the piazza surrounding Trevi Fountain hosts a never-ending flow of tourists hoping to make a wish or take a selfie. Clever restaurants, charming gelaterias, uncanny bars, kitsch shops, and a range of hotels make up the local landscape. Beneath the bustle are the remains of an ancient neighbourhood that you can visit by heading over to a repertoire cinema and asking for a peek underground. There is something for everyone, but if peace and quiet are what you seek, plan to visit in the early morning hours.
How to get there
  • Cavour • 9 min walk
  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 10 min walk

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Richard H
Leeds, UK326 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
It's a pleasure to walk on this walkway even when going uphill. It leads you up to the Campidoglio, a hilltop square designed by Michelangelo.
Written 10 July 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA35,819 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
La Cordonata Capitolina, the wide staircase designed by Giacomo della Porta according to the Michelangelo’s drawings, leads up to the iconic Piazza del Campidoglio. Two imposing statues at the top of the staircase depict the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux. They were probably found in the 16th century, at the Tempio dei Castori in the Circo Flaminio.

If you want to visit magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli, you need to climb the parallel staircase, which is steeper.
Written 3 January 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,635 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The Cordonata is a monumental staircase, leading up to the Piazza del Campidoglio at the top of the Capitoline Hill. It is a gently sloping and wide, more like a ramp, than stairs so its easy to climb. This allowed horses to be ridden up the stairs, without the rider needing to dismount.
Guarding the base are two ancient Egyptian basalt-black lions and at the top, two statues of the legendary twins, Castor and Pollux, stand nearly 6 feet tall, one either side of staircase.
Michelangelo designed the staircase as a dramatic entry to the piazza. Pretty much everything you see here, including the beautiful palazzos that house the Capitoline Museums, were designed by Michelangelo. Even without going into the Capitoline Museums, this part of the Capitoline Hill is packed with ancient artefacts, historically significant sculptures and beautiful buildings. You can see a lot in a short time.
Written 6 August 2022
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Scott
San Francisco, CA5,341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
Beautiful path leading up to the most important museums in rome. Don't confuse it for the grand staircase leading up to the cathedral.
Written 23 January 2022
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This roadway, designed by Michelangelo leads from Piazza di Ara Coeli to the Campidoglio. It is built in a stairway fashion, as the treads are very deep and the risers very small, that allowed passage of traffic.
Written 23 October 2019
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Kevin S
Pontypool, UK2,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Amazing statues all around Rome and no different at this location.
A beautiful setting for some ancient history.
Written 27 August 2019
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Don P
Dallas, TX14,494 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Capitoline Cordonata built in 1582 followed Michelangelo's plans it brings a Renaissance presence to this ancient Roman hill . This is a sloping road interrupted by shallow steps that allow horses or donkeys to climb. Walking up the Capitoline hill you are traveling through the space that has been a city for ~3000 years, although the Cordonata has only been there since 1582. It is a great experience.
Written 20 July 2019
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Mizzyz
Torrevieja, Spain1,091 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Most stairs in room are high but theese are low for a change as suited to ride with a horse. The stairs are leading up to Piazza del Campidoglio as well as viewing point to Roman Forum.

During its way you will see grand statues decorating the top.
Written 14 May 2019
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
Graceful staircase leading up to the Piazza del Compidoglio designed by Michaelangelo. The steps are shallow and low for people to ride their horses up as well as for pedestrians.
Written 4 December 2018
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MaryKop
Colorado Springs, CO2,423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Really wide stairs said to have been designed by Michelangelo that lead up to the Palatine Hill overlook and the Capitoline Museums. Nice view of the Forum at the top. The stairs empty into a very busy area with a traffic circle, so pedestrians take note. Large statuary at the top of the stairs show Marcus Aureleus, Castor and Pollux.
Written 5 August 2018
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