Photographer's Note

Although other uploads showing this Mincelangelo's wide ramped staircase (La Cordonata) on the Capitoline Hill exist, I decided to show my own shot, which was taken in a sunny May afternoon. The stairs are leading from Via del Teatro di Marcello to Piazza del Campidoglio.
The existing design of the Piazza del Campidoglio and the surrounding palaces was created by Renaissance artist and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536–1546. At the height of his fame he was commissioned by the Farnese Pope Paul III, who wanted a symbol of the new Rome to impress Charles V, who was expected in 1538.

Michelangelo's first designs for the piazza and remodelling of the surrounding palaces date from 1536. Executing the design was slow: little was actually completed in Michelangelo's lifetime (the "Cordonata" was not in place when Emperor Charles arrived, and the imperial party had to scramble up the slope from the Forum to view the works in progress), but work continued faithfully to his designs and the Campidoglio was completed in the 17th century, except for the paving design, which was to be finished three centuries later.

Built during the 13th and 14th century, the Palazzo Senatorio ("Senatorial Palace") stands atop the Tabularium that had once housed the archives of ancient Rome. Peprino marble blocks from the Tabularium were re-used in the left side of the palace and a corner of the bell tower. It now houses the Roman city hall. Its double ramp of stairs were designed by Michelangelo. The fountain in front of the staircase features the river gods of the Tiber and the Nile as well as Dea Roma (Minerva). Its bell tower was designed by Martino Longhi the Elder and built between 1578 and 1582. Its current facade was designed by Giacomo della Porta and Girolamo Rainaldi.

Next to the older and much steeper stairs leading to the Aracoeli, Michelangelo devised a monumental wide ramped stair (La Cordonata), gradually ascending the hill to reach the high piazza, so that the Campidoglio resolutely turned its back on the Roman Forum that it had once commanded. It was built to be wide enough for horse riders to ascend the hill without dismounting. The railings are topped by the statues of two Egyptian lions in black basalt at their base and the marble renditions of Castor and Pollux at their top.

The marker in the left hand map view shows the point of my view. If you zoom in in the satellite map view, you can see the design of the pavement of the square.
Geocode: 41.893700, 12.482142
PP: correcting a little the perspective distortion, setting levels and correcting the colour balance, which was shifted to magenta, sharpening.

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