Free entry to the Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo
National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo
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. Please note: delays for security checks may apply.
Visit Rome's ancient fortress and mausoleum on the bank of the River Tiber and see the Hall of Urns containing Hadrian's ashes
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.
- 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.
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
Absolutly necessary unless you have 2 weeks to wait in queues.
This pass may appear expensive but what you get is good value. There are other organisations that allow you to by-pass queues, and lots sell in the street, but if you add them all up it is more expensive than having an Omnia pass; it was also useful in getting rid of the sellers as we just waved this pass in their faces and they moved on. We used the bus a lot to start with so we could see the sights, but after a while using the underground, tram and bus system became the norm - the one pass covered them all. The only time I wouldn't bother would be if I didn't want to see any of the sights and just go for pizza.
David Curwen from Belgium
|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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Lungotevere Castello, 50 - 00186 Rome,
+39 06 6819111