Campidoglio The mythological origin of Rome

is based on the legend of the Capitoline

Wolf and

Romulus and Remus.

The story tells that the vestal Rhea Silvia was fertilized by the God Mars,

from whom the twins were born. 

Shortly after Numitor,

grandfather of the brothers,

was chased away by

his brother Amuilio who,

to prevent the couple from claiming

the throne,

had them thrown into the Tiber in a basket. 

To find them was the she-wolf,

a sacred animal for the god Mars,

who took care of them until they were found by the shepherd Faustulus.