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Castel Sant'Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel)

Explore the Castel Sant'Angelo and save 15.50€ on admission fees with the Rome City Pass

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The Castle of the Holy Angel (Castel Sant’ Angelo in Italian) is one of the top sights to see in Rome. Formerly it was built to be an imperial mausoleum, but it served to be a portion of the city wall and also as a fortress for some time. Later it was converted into a prison and also a place of refuge. Today, the Castle of the Holy Angel serves as a national museum.

Opening Hours of the Castle of the Holy Angel

Tuesday-Sunday: 09:00-19:30 (7:30 PM), last admissions at 18:30 (6:30 PM)

You can come visit the Castle of the Holy Angel on Tuesdays-Sundays, all-year round. Their opening hours are especially convenient for early-birds because the castle opens its gates bright and early at 9:00 AM. Leisurely explore this mausoleum converted to a National Museum and its surrounding parks. Last admission into the Castle of the Holy Angel happens at 18:30 (6:30 PM), which is an hour before closing time. Because the Castle of the Holy Angel is easily accessible using the public transportation system and also because of their generous opening hours, you can comfortably include Castel Sant’Angelo into your day of sightseeing in Rome.

Admission Prices for the Castle of the Holy Angel

Adults: 15,50 €
Reduced (EU-Citizens between 18-25 years old + EU Teachers): 10,50 €
Children: Free 

The admission price of the museum is split into three categories. The admission price for adults is 15,50 €. For EU-citizens who are between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, or who are teachers in the EU, the admission price is reduced to 10,50 €. Children under the age of 18 are admitted for free into the museum.
Please note that free entry for children under 18 is only possible with a valid identification document.
The Rome City Pass already includes the admission price for the Castel Sant'Angelo. Admission into the Castel Sant’Angelo is already included in the Rome City Pass-- no need to pay any further fees to visit this museum! 

Tickets for the Castle of the Holy Angel

With your convenient Rome City Pass, you will experience the Castle of the Holy Angel at a reduced admission price. You will receive your reduced-priced ticket into the Castle of the Holy Angel and also other top attractions before you even arrive in Rome as a complete travel package. Your ticket for using the public transportation system is also a fixed component of the Rome City Pass and it gives you the wonderful head start into having a relaxing stay in the Italian metropolis.

Address of the Castle of the Holy Angel

Lungotevere Castello 50
00193 Rome

 +39 06 6819111 

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The Castle of the Holy Angel can be reached using the Ponte Sant’Angelo, which crosses over the Tiber River. Because the Castle of the Holy Angel is surrounded by the beautiful Parco Adriano, Castel Sant’Angelo is truly situated in an attractive location. When compared to other structures in Rome, the Castel Sant’Angelo is very tall and as a result, offers its visitors a fantastic terrace-side view of Rome. Take your time and enjoy this view for a moment. Castel Sant’Angelo is also minutes away from connections to local transport, which means that bus stops and train stations can be easily reached from the castle and you can continue exploring other top attractions in Rome.

Directions to the Castle of the Holy Angel

Metro A to Lepanto
Bus 23, 34, 40, 62, 280, 982 or N11 to Piazza Pia-Castel Sant‘Angelo  

Because Rome's public transportation system is a very good network of buses and trains, traveling to the Castel Sant'Angelo is flexible! You can take the Metro A to the „Lepanto” station. From there, you only have a 15-minute walk to reach the Castel Sant’Angelo. If you would prefer to see more of the city and also have a shorter walk to the Castel Sant’Angelo, you can take the bus instead. The bus lines 23, 40, 62, 271 and 982 give you a scenic tour through Rome while making its way to the Castel Sant’Angelo. If you take any of these buses, get off at „Piazza Pia.” You will only have about 250 meters between you and the entrance of the Castel Sant’Angelo - which means you can begin your visit into the museum immediately.

Special Terms of Use

The Castle of the Holy Angel is closed on the following days/dates: Mondays, January 1, May 1, and December 25. 

Highlights of the Castle of the Holy Angel

  • Prison of Galileo Galilei 
  • Museum with a weapons collection 
  • Treasure chamber 
  • Beautiful view of Rome  

Attractions Near the Castle of the Holy Angel

The Palazzo Altemps is located very near the Castel Sant’Angelo. The palace is currently a part of the Museo Nazionale Romano. Here you can find an exhibition of ancient artwork from the collections of Ludovisi and Hohenems. The Museo Napoleonic is only a few streets away from the Castel Sant’Angelo as well as the Palazzo Altemps. In this museum, you will find private pieces from the Bonaparte family that explains their family history. Castel Sant’Angelo is also close to the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, which exhibits artwork of its members and is considered to be the predecessor of modern art academies.

Tips for Your Visit to the Castel of the Holy Angel

Please note in advance for events held at the museum during the summer, such as „Notti d'Estate a Castel Sant'Angel”. During these events, the escape passage between the Vatican and Castel Sant’Angelo is accessible.Walk on the Ponte Sant’Angelo, which is a beautiful, ancient bridge in Rome that Hadrian built in the year 136 as a way into his mausoleum.  

History of the Castle of the Holy Angel 

The history of the Castel Sant’Angelo started in the year 133, when the construction of the mausoleum began. Only year after, construction of the mausoleum was completed. The mausoleum was planned to house the Roman Kaiser Hadrian and his future successors. The mausoleum received the name "Castel Sant’Angelo" in 590 BC when pestilence ran rampage in Rome. Pope Gregory I had seen the archangel Michael on the roof of the Hadrian Mausoleum. The archangel is said to have predicted the end of the plaque, when he sheathed the sword of divine wrath. Because illness soon went away, a statue of the archangel Michael was placed on top of the mausoleum to commemorate this difficult time-- and so, Hadrian's Mausoleum received the name Castel Sant'Angelo. Over time, many renovations were conducted, until eventually the mausoleum became more of a fortress and castle. For example, during the fortification of the city, the Castel Sant'Angelo was integrated into the protective city wall in the 6th century, and it also became the city’s control base. Late in the 10th century, the pope came to own the Castel Sant'Angelo. During this time, it was used as a place of refuge during times of danger. Because of this, an 800-meter long, fortified corridor was built into the city wall and connected the castle with the Vatican. Plush apartments were also later built here and a treasure chamber which contained a portion of the secret archive was also placed here. Sometime in the history of Castel Sant'Angelo, the castle was used as a prison during the era of Inquisition. At that time, famous historical figures like Galileo Galilei were imprisoned. However, around the 18th century, the castle was rarely used by popes. After a brief take over by the French Republic, the castle became a part of Italy in 1870. Afterwards, the castle once again served as a fortress and prison. Then at the beginning of the 20th century, a new chapter in the history of the Castel Sant'Angelo began. The castle was restored and since then it has been opened as a museum for the public to enjoy. Currently, you can see (amongst other things) a weapons collection as well as models that depict the architectural development of Castel Sant'Angelo.

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