Castel Sant’Angelo Tickets & Info
With its imposing structure, Castel Sant’Angelo stands on the west bank of Rome’s river, within the Vatican City Area, overlooking the Tiber and the beautiful Bridge of Angels.
Even though Castel Sant’ Angelo is not as popular as other attractions in Rome such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon, this ancient fortress is one of the main highlights of the Vatican City area with a unique history dating back to 123 A.D. when Emperor Hadrian had it built as a mausoleum for him and his successors. Over the centuries Castel San’Angelo underwent many transformations. The Mauseoleum of Hadrian was turned into a fortress acquired by the Papacy in 1277, then a prison and eventually a museum with six levels.
If you choose the visit the inside, starting from the lower lever you will reach the very heart of the ancient mausoleum. The famous helicoidal staircase will lead you to the Sala delle Urne the burial chamber of the Imperial Family. At the third level stands the Angel Courtyard, the main entrance point to the papal apartments. The top level features the beautiful Terrace of the Angel from where you can admire up close and personal the bronze statue depicting the Archangel Micheal and enjoy one of the most stunning views of Rome!
Keep reading for location, opening hours and tickets!
|Opening Hours: Every Day from 9.00am - 7.30pm|
|Best Time To Visit: 9.00am or 6.00pm|
|Accessibility: Partially Accessible|
How to Visit
1PLAN YOUR VISIT IN ADVANCE
– Add this site to your Travel List
2CHECK IN ADVANCE THE BEST TIME VISIT
– Springtime and Summertime: 9.00am or 6.00pm;
– Fall and Wintertime: from 10.30am to 5.00pm;
3WEAR COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR
– Summertime: sneakers, sun cream and a hat;
– Wintertime: sneakers, umbrella and raincoat
1 January and 25 December
Note: The ticket office closes at 6.30pm
Every Day: 9.00am – 7.30pm;*
*Last admission 1 hour before closing time.
Adults: € 10,00
Concessions: € 5,00 ( for UE members between 18 and 25 years old; European Union state teachers)
– European and non-European people under 18;
– Free admission on the first Sunday of the month;
– disabled people.
NOTE: In the event of cultural activities and/or temporary exhibitions, all ticket prices may be subject to change.
+39 06 32810 info and reservation. (from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm. Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm)
Wheelchair Accessibility Service:
The site is only Partially Accessible. Visitors on wheelchair can access the first and the second level of Castel Sant’Angelo. The terrace however cannot be reached.
+39 06 6819111
How to Reach
1FROM THE CITY CENTER TO CASTEL SANT’ANGELO
Bus Lines (Stop “Piazza Pia”):
Bus Lines (Stop “Via Crescenzio”):
Bus Lines (Stop “Santo Spirito”):
Closest Metro Stops to Castel Sant’Angelo:
Lungotevere Castello, 50 – 00186 Rome, Italy
Get directions from Google Maps
Castel Sant’Angelo Facts & History
The ancient mausoleum featured a squared base with white marble decorations. A frieze showed inscriptions of the names of the emperor buried inside. On top of the structure there was a mound of earth planted with trees, surrounded by marble statues and topped by a bronze quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses and led by Hadrian. Tall walls surrounded the mausoleum and featured a large bronze gate decorated with peacocks. Two of them can still be seen in Pine Courtyard in the Vatican Museum. Read More…
Castel Sant’Angelo FAQ
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