None other than Michelangelo designed the Palazzo Senatorio and the Piazza del Campidoglio. In front of it, a copy of the famed equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius is the centerpiece of the Piazza. The original is housed in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, which together with the Palazzo Nuovo form the Capitoline Museums. Antique bronzes donated by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471 make these the oldest museums in the world. Just below the piazza you’ll have a fantastic view over the Roman Forum.