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Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum (Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo) Tours

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Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum (Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo)
Don’t be fooled by the name—Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo was built as a tomb, not a castle. Commissioned by emperor Hadrian in AD 139, this imposing cylindrical mausoleum held the ashes of Hadrian and subsequent Roman emperors until becoming a fortress in AD 401. In the 14th century, a fortified corridor between the castle and St. Peter’s Basilica was built, and it became a papal residence. Today, it’s home to the Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum (Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo) and its collection of art, archaeological finds, and weaponry.

The Basics
Castel Sant’Angelo is located just outside the walls of Vatican City, and many visitors combine a walking tour of St. Peter’s Basilica with a museum visit and a stroll across the picturesque Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge into central Rome. There can be a wait to enter if you don’t book skip-the-line museum tickets in advance, especially during summer. Castel Sant'Angelo and the Colosseum are two of Rome's most stunning sights to visit after sunset, so consider a Rome night tour to see both the castle and amphitheater beautifully illuminated.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The five floors inside Castel Sant'Angelo are a maze of rooms and corridors, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • The large terrace, where Puccini's heroine jumped to her death in his opera Tosca, has spectacular views over the Eternal City.
  • Kids enjoy the large collection of historic weapons and armor displayed in the museum.
  • The sumptuous Pope Paul III Papal Apartments are decorated with perfectly preserved Renaissance frescoes, a highlight for art aficionados.
  • There is an elevator to the fifth floor, but most of the museum is not accessible to wheelchairs.

How to Get There
Castel Sant'Angelo is located along Lungotevere Castello on the banks of the Tiber River, a short walk from St. Peter's Square. The Ottaviano station on Line A of the city’s underground metro system is about a five-minute walk away.

When to Get There
Like all of Rome's most famous historic sites, Castel Sant'Angelo is most crowded during the middle of the day and in summer. To avoid crowds, visit in winter, shortly after opening, or before closing.

Sant’Angelo and the Plague
The name Castel Sant'Angelo dates to AD 590, when the archangel Michael is said to have appeared on top of the fortress to mark the end of the plague that had ripped through Rome.
Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50, Rome 00186, Italy
Hours: Tues - Sun: 9am - 7pm
Admission: Adults: € 10.50
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Rome

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Paid and Never Received The Ticlets
Jason_A
, Jul 2020
Great Place but Viator never sent the tickets to enter and I called local support and they were no use. Could not get a refund so had to wait in line and then pay again. I called and contacted so many times and no one helped. Very frustrating experience.
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Great site, however strenuous
RIS57
, Oct 2019
The Castel Sant' Angelo was fantastic! The only issues were the crowds and the number of stairs. Tourists have a tendency to not be concerned about their fellow tourists and can be less than thoughtful. The views were breathtaking and the interiors were very interesting. Some of the labels were only in Italian.
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Getting early tickets was a plus...
Emily M
, Mar 2018
Getting early tickets was a plus. Avoiding lines. The self touring guide was great. We were able to download the app to the museum and tour at our own pace. We recommend everyone to but tickets online and just enjoy a day of exploring. More than the history books you grew up on.

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Explore the grand mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian with skip-the-line access to Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome. Learn how the magnificent Roman monument was built around 123 A.D and used over the years as a fortress, prison and papal residence. Best of all: enjoy access to the National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo, which presents a fascinating collection of fine art, antique furniture, military memorabilia and medieval weapons.
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      Set on the bank of the Tiber River, Castel Sant’Angelo is one of Rome’s most impressive sights. With this skip-the-line ticket, avoid a delay at the entrance and enjoy more time to explore the interiors with the insights of an audio tour via your smartphone. Learn about the history and architecture of this ancient mausoleum and the legend behind its name as you visit at your own pace.
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      Perfect for time-pressed travelers and history buffs, this express tour makes it easy to discover one of Rome’s most remarkable landmarks. The Castel Sant’Angelo was commissioned as Emperor Hadrian’s mausoleum and has served as a castle and fortress; today the beautifully preserved Rome icon also offers panoramic city views. Enjoy skip-the-line privileges and learn all about the landmark’s history on this speedy and accessible tour.
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      Discover the history and architecture of Castel Sant’Angelo during a private half-day tour. Learn about the building’s origins as a tomb and how it has been used as a fortress and papal residency. Explore the castle’s museum and see its collection of art, archaeological finds, and weaponry. Visit the castle’s large terrace for fantastic views over the rooftops of Rome.
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      Commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the towering Mausoleum of Hadrian, better-known as Castel Sant'Angelo, is one of Rome's top attractions. Visiting with this guided tour lets you skip the line to enter and provides illuminating details about the site that you may otherwise miss.
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