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Castel Sant' Angelo

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Castel Sant' Angelo.

Castel Sant' Angelo features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Rome City Guide5-day Rome City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Magnificent historical monument
  • Breathtaking views

Time required: 20 minutes

Phone: +39 06 6819111

Web site: http://www.castelsantang...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Tuesday - Sunday: 9am - 7pm
Monday: Closed
Jan 1 and Dec 25: Closed

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: 8 €
Reduced: 5.5 €

Public transport:

  • Metro Line A: Lepanto station

Address: 50 Lungotevere Castello, Rome

Things you need to know:

  • Castel Sant' Angelo is a fortress on the left bank of River Tiber
  • Originally it was a massive circular building erected by Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family
  • After Hadrian's ashes were placed here, many succeeding Emperors were buried on the site
  • After being converted into a fortress it was used as the papal castle for about 1000 years
  • A covered fortified corridor, called the Passetto di Borgo, connects the castle to St. Peter's Basilica
  • It takes its name after Pope Gregory the Great's vision of St Michael announcing the end of a plague from the castle's tower in 590
  • The bronze statue of a sword-bearing archangel on the top commemorates this event

What to do there:

  • Walk through the bridge lined with Bernini angels
  • Take some great photos of the castle and St Peter's basilica from the bridge

Tips & Insights:

  • Castel Sant'Angelo currently houses the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo museum. The collections include ceramics, sculptures, a picture gallery and the Armory

 

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Castel Sant' Angelo features in these preplanned City Guides: