Free entry to the Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo

National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo

OMNIA & Vatican Rome Card Benefits:

Free Entry* to the Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo
Normal Ticket Price: €10.50

*free entry into 2 out of 6 top Roma Pass attractions

The National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo, known to many as The Mausoleum of Hadrian, is a tomb to the Emperor Hadrian which details the buildings history through collections of ancient Roman artefacts including pottery, paintings and military weapons. Built over 2,000 years ago, the building was later turned into a fortress and was used as a refuge for several Popes – and it was even used as a prison.

Highlights:

  • Hall of Urns
  • Courtyard of the Angel
  • Papal Apartments

Did you know:

- The monument has gone through several different uses from a mausoleum, fortress and prison

- There’s a secret corridor which leads from Castel Sant’angelo to the Vatican, called the Passetto di Borgo

- The bronze statue of the archangel Michael on the roof depicts the legendary sighting of the spectre in the year 590 when he appeared and supposedly ended the destructive plague that had seized the city – it’s where the name comes from too, the Castle of the Saint Angel

Things to see:

Courtyard of the Angel

This interior courtyard leads onto the Papal Apartments and was so called because it houses the original angel that used to perch on the top of the castle until 1747. The piazza has had other names, however, such as the ‘Courtyard of Shootings’ or ‘Courtyard of the Bell’ where from there it was possible to hear the bell tolling announcing the impending executions.

Papal Apartments

The Papal Apartments were notoriously lavish and they were known to have the most opulent of decorations and designs. It’s said that even one room was painted by Raphael. The infamous Borgia Pope, Alexandre VI built a sumptuously lavish apartment complete with gardens and fountains! Don’t miss the Farnese apartment which overlooks the Courtyard of the Angel, too.

Hall of Urns

At the heart of Castel Sant’angelo is the Hall of Urns where the urn of Hadrian’s ashes are believed to be kept. Explore this room right in the centre of the museum, and right in the centre of the stronghold.

How to get there:

- Lepanto (Metro A) Ottaviano (Metro A)

*The Roma Pass allows you free entry to 2 out of 6 top attractions for free including the Coliseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum, Capitolini Museums, Borghese Gallery and National Museum of Castel St. Angelo

see the: full list of attractions included

Useful, time saver option. The card enabled us to travel from our hotel on the outskirts of Rome into the city centre. There was no problem obtaining the card from the meeting point. We were in Rome in November when queues to some places e.g the Vatican museum were small if not non existent but we did save time when visiting the Basilica and the Collaseum. We only went on the hop on and off bus once for the one circular tour as we found walking between the sites quite easy. We also used the metro buses and underground easily. I would recommend this card to anyone visiting Rome.
Lesley Plummer from USA

Monday Closed
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 19:30
Thursday 09:00 - 19:30
Friday 09:00 - 19:30
Saturday 09:00 - 19:30
Sunday 09:00 - 19:30

Closed: Mondays, 25th December, 1st January

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Address:

Lungotevere Castello, 50 - 00186 Rome,

Telephone:

+39 06 6819111