The Capitoline Wolf

You are along the route: THE ZOO OF WONDERS. STONE ANIMALS

Piazza del Campidoglio
Always visible.

Walking along the left-hand side of Senate Palace in the Campidoglio, there is a column on which the famous Capitoline Wolf is depicted, a copy of the bronze original in the Museums. Legend tells that the twins Romulus and Remus, born out of the love between a Vestal virgin, sworn to chastity, and the god Mars, were abandoned in a basket in the river Tiber. The basket got stuck in a fig-tree at the foot of the Palatine hill, where a wolf found and breastfed the new-born babies, saving them from death. This incredible happening, which led to the foundation of Rome by Romulus, made the wolf the symbol of the city, as it still is today.

Picture by permission from Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
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How to get the step: The Capitoline Wolf

Piazza del Campidoglio, 00186 Roma, Italy


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