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Witness a museum initially built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian

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  • Castel Sant'Angelo was originally built as a tomb for the ashes of Emperor Hadrian

  • It's unique cylindrical structure makes it a stand-out building from other ancient Roman ruins

  • When it was converted into a military fortress in 402 AD, much of its original decor was lost or destroyed

  • Castel Sant'Angelo was made into a protective castle by several popes

  • Built over the river Tiber, Castel Sant'Angelo now stands guard near the entrance of Vatican City (although it is still managed by Rome)

With 1.2 million annual visitors (and counting), acquiring your Castel Sant'Angelo tickets in advance is always a good idea, especially during Rome's high season.

Choose the right Castel Sant'Angelo ticket for you:

  • General entrance to Castel Sant'Angelo grants you fast-track access to the castle, as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions

  • Enjoy fast-track entry with either a self-guided audio tour, or join a guided tour with a live guide

  • Make a brief stop at Castel Sant'Angelo on your way to the Vatican with a combi ticket to both attractions

  • Spending some time in Vatican City? Consider the Vatican City Pass, which gets you access to the Vatican Museums (and the Sistine Chapel) as well as admission to Castel Sant'Angelo

  • Castel Sant'Angelo is closed on Mondays, as well as January 1, May 1, and December 25

  • Children aged 18 and younger can enter for free. Check the Castel Sant'Angelo website to see if you qualify for discounted admission

  • This venue has limited wheelchair access

  • Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month

  • Budget at least an hour for a thorough visit of Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo FAQs

There's lots in store when you enter Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo. This multipurpose structure has stood on the Tiber River for generations and its history is recorded in 6 unique floors:

  • Ground level: display of medieval weapons
  • 1st level: mausoleum with the original tomb of Emperor Hadrian
  • 2nd level: former prison
  • 3rd level: Renaissance-era decor, art, and other artifacts
  • 4th level: former papal apartments
  • 5th level: roof terrace and views of Rome

Since its construction in the 2nd century, Castel Sant'Angelo has served as the ultimate multipurpose structure – from mausoleum to prison, and papal apartments to modern museum.

In addition to its many purposes over the years, Castel Sant'Angelo continues to stand constant guard over the Bridge of Angels, which connects the border of Rome to the holy Vatican City.

With so many sites to visit in Rome, it's easy to get carried away by the culture and history of the ancient world. Make sure you add Castel Sant'Angelo to your list and budget 2-3 hours to explore the castle.

If you are seeing other sites in Rome, it's helpful to know that Castel Sant'Angelo is a 35-minute walk (2.9 km or 1.8 mi) from the Colosseum, and a 6-minute walk (1.3 km or 0.8 mi) from Vatican City.

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Gorina,  Bulgaria Bulgaria
14 Apr 2024
Definitely worth it booking. Skip the line tickets was the best option to avoid the queue. We received the tickets in front of the building, on the bridge, easy to find the host. Highly recommended!
Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket for Castel Sant'Angelo
Marcin,  Poland Poland
15 Mar 2024
Skip the line ticket worked perfectly, recommend it! And the castle itself is absolutely beautiful, theres a lot of works of art to see inside and an amazing panorama of Rome from the rooftop to see :)
Skip the line ticket worked perfectly, recommend it! And the castle itself is absolutely beautiful, theres a lot of works of art to see inside and an amazing panorama of Rome from the rooftop to see :)
Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket for Castel Sant'Angelo
Ruqayyah,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
12 Mar 2024
Beautiful place to visit and interesting history. The audio guide make it even interesting place to visit and learn the history. The St. Angelo Bridge is also truly amazing with Bernini's sculpture.
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About: Castel Sant'Angelo

The towering cylinder of Castel Sant'Angelo, and its statue of Archangel Michael, is an instantly recognizable silhouette on the banks of the Tiber.

Initially built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family, its purpose has changed many times over the years, from a fortress, a residence, a prison, and now a museum.

Castel Sant'Angelo
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
Monday Closed
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Castel Sant'Angelo
50 Lungotevere Castello, 00193, Rome
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