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Lupa Romana

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Address: Piazza del Campidoglio 1 | Campitelli, 00186 Rome, Italy

A famous Etruscan statue of a bronze she-wolf nursing Rome's legendary...

A famous Etruscan statue of a bronze she-wolf nursing Rome's legendary founders, Romulus and Remus.

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Unusual sculpture

This sculpture is not beautiful but unusual as it has a history. It is a statue of Twins being fed by a wolf. Full of history, it is better to look up the internet or get a... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

This is the symbol of Rome, but the real statue is in the Capitolini. The wolf was made by the Etruscans and the babies were added through the Renaissance.

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

La Lupa Romana, the Capitoline Wolf, stands on a column to the right and a bit to the back of the piazza of the Capitoline Hill. This is a bronze sculpture of the she-wolf suckling the human twins Romulus and Remus. The she-wolf is part of the legend surrounding the founding of Rome by Romulus, and the symbol of Rome... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

As previous travelers have stated, this is a very small statue of a she wolf suckling the twins Romulus and Remus. It is relevant to the founding of Rome and is therefore symbolic. Apparently this is only a copy of the original bronze sculpture as the real one is housed inside the Capitaline museum. There is a continual debate that... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

This sculpture is not beautiful but unusual as it has a history. It is a statue of Twins being fed by a wolf. Full of history, it is better to look up the internet or get a Guide or Guide book as otherwise it will be of no interest to travelers.

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

A little,not very impressive statue representing the she-wolf who,according to legend, suckled Romulus and Remus,the ones that established Rome later.Placed very close to Campidoglio.

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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

It is not something huge or something that it will blow your mind, but it is something historic that represents the myth about Rome. You will find it at Capitolium place and Capitolium is something you have to visit.

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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The statue of the two twins feeding off the she wolf in the Palazzo dei Conservatori can almost be missed as it is surprisingly small and to the side by some steps just off the main piazza as you walk towards the viewing point for thr Forum.

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

The statute is nice but it is not a "must see". If it is along your planned route for the day, stop for 5 minutes to appreciate it, but I would not plan a trip specifically to the statute.

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Reviewed 2 July 2016

The symbol of Rome, the Capitoline wolf, who reared the twins Remus and Romulus who founded Rome, one of those stories that have captured the imagination of people from all over the world.You can see the replica of the original statue at the Campidoglio square/Capitoline hill for free.It isn't a very big statue but it is located on the most... More 

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Reviewed 10 May 2016

There are three theories about this statue. That it is Etruscan, about 2500 years old, dating before the Roman Empire. Its style supports this. In 2006 it was proposed that it dated to about 900 AD (early medieval) based on writings from around that time even though there are no comparable sculptures of that date. However, that theory has been... More 

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If all roads lead to Rome, then they all end here. Piazza Venezia and the Ancient City are the very epicenter of the Eternal City. Within a 360-degree turn, Roman history unrolls in front of you, from its ancient beginnings to its 21st century transformations. Whether it’s those historical playgrounds known as the Roman and Imperial Forums, or the side-street shops, trattorie, and churches, this neighbourhood packs a cultural punch and then some. Screaming scooters, battling buses, crazy cars, and lots of foot traffic converge in the area all day long. By dusk, a different vibe emerges as the neighbourhood quiets down. Don't be surprised if you find yourself passing through the Piazza Venezia at least once a day, since it’s the most direct way to get from one side of town to another.
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