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Castel Sant'Angelo is a mausoleum-turned-museum that has existed since the 2nd century. During your visit to this historic monument, you will be able to marvel at Roman architecture. As you explore all five floors of the castle you will gain a deeper understanding of Roman history. Learn how parts of the same building served as living quarters for the Pope, a fortress, and even a prison!
During your visit, you can admire the preserved statues, ancient artifacts, weapons, and perfectly preserved frescoes, and even explore the secret passage that connects the Vatican with the Castel Sant’Angelo. The cherry on top? The castle terrace, where you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of Rome and the River Tiber.
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A labyrinth of numerous courtyards, stately halls, the Castel Sant’Angelo has features 6 levels connected by a 400-meter spiral ramp. The castle has 58 rooms, most of which are now on display to the visitors. The remains of the original mausoleum are visible in the lower parts of the building, as are the ancient Roman walls and reconstructed rooms.
The rooms that served as the Papal residence boast of ceramics, sculptures, and perfectly preserved frescoes from the Renaissance period. The Courtyard of the Angel gives you access to the apartments, where the bronze statue of the Archangel Michael, sculpted by Michelangelo apprentice, Raffaelo da Montelupo, stands.
The fifth floor of Castel Sant'Angelo opens to a beautiful viewing terrace. The terrace acted as the setting for the last act of Puccini's opera ‘Tosca’ where the heroine throws herself off the roof after her lover is executed. From here you get a panoramic view of Rome. Snag a table at the rooftop cafe to enjoy a meal with a view.
Hadrian ordered a bridge that would connect his mausoleum to the city on the other side of the Tiber to be built. Named originally as Pons Aelius, the bridge took on the name Ponte Sant'Angelo. Sculptures of angels, inspired by the designs of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, adorn the bridge. You also get a scenic view of Castel Sant'Angelo from here.
Pantheon Rome: Former temple, and now, church, the Roman Pantheon is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings.
Piazza Navona: Visit the beautiful baroque square where Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers stands.
St. Peter’s Basilica: Only 140 meters away is the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica church is one of the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture.
Sistine Chapel: View the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel that are considered to be a cornerstone of Renaissance art.
Colosseum: Visit the ancient Roman Colosseum has withstood the test of time and natural disasters.
Roman Forum: Visit the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the Roman Forum.
Borghese Gallery: Admire collections by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Bernini, and Canova among others at Borghese Gallery.
A. Castel Sant’Angelo reopened to the public on 4 June 2021.
A. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face at all times and their temperature will be checked before entry. Hand sanitizer stations are also available. Guided tours now permit only groups of 12.
A. Castel Sant'Angelo ticket prices start at €16.
A. The Skip-the-line tickets cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled. The Castel Sant Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket with an Audioguide and Angels & Demons tickets can be canceled up to 24 hours before the schedule for a full refund.
A. Children below the age of 18 enjoy discounts on all tickets. EU-Adults between the ages of 18-25 enjoy reduced pricing on Combo tour tickets. Carry valid ID for proof.
A. Castel Sant’Angelo is open Monday to Sunday from 9.00 AM to 7.30 PM
A. Castel Sant'Angelo is closed on January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.
A. Yes, Castel Sant’Angelo tickets include skip-the-line access.
A. Children below the age of 18 can enter for free with the Skip-The-Line Castel Sant’Angelo tickets, while children below 5 years of age enjoy free entry if you opt for the audio guide tour.
A. No, Castel Sant’Angelo is not wheelchair accessible.
A. The audio guide is available in Italian, English, Spanish, French & German.
A. Opt for the Demons & Angels tours, or the combo tours if you would prefer a guided tour. The Skip-the-Line with audio guide Castel Sant'Angelo tickets is also a great option if you would prefer to explore the castle at your own pace.
A. Yes, Castel Sant'Angelo tickets are available online.