Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Reserved Ticket
- Skip the line
- Duration: 1 hour
- Optional audio guide
Few of Ancient Rome's surviving monuments depict the Empire's fall quite as vividly as the Mausoleum of Hadrian. In just 270 years it went from being a symbol of imperial domination to one of military desperation. Here are some points to start your tour!
Built by the Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for his family in 139 AD, it was later used as a fortress and castle, and currently serves as one of Rome's leading museums!
The mausoleum's design was inspired by one constructed for the Emperor Augustus a century earlier. Unfortunately, only the ruins of the earlier building remain.
Most of the building's decorative features were lost in the 5th century when it was incorporated into the Aurelian Wall to defend against the threat of marauding Germanic tribes.
Barely a decade after its fortification, the Visigoths pillaged the mausoleum and emptied many of the funerary urns during the 410 sacking of Rome.
In 590, Pope Gregory I reported seeing an angel sheath its flaming sword on the roof, bringing an end to the city's plague. It's been known as the Castel Sant'Angelo ever since!
From April to September the Mausoleum of Hadrian's opening hours are 9:00AM to 7:00PM. Off-season, you will have to get there early as it closes at 2:00PM. Book tickets in advance to save time queuing!
Located on the banks of the Tiber close to the Vatican, the Mausoleum of Hadrian can be easily reached by bus (route 40 from the main station) and by taking the metro line A to Lepanto station.
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The guide was really great. He had a lot of knowledge and told us not only about the castello, but also about the city and gave us some great tips for places to visit. The guidetour was said to be 1 hour but it was even longer. Without a guide it would be not half as good. The view from the top is beautiful, you should not miss it!
It was so funny & exciting. Rome at night. It was beautiful, super romantic and something very special. Our wishes were also taken into account. We ate the best ice cream from Rome. It was amazing. 2 hours. No 3rd and forever a highlight for us. Mimmo was just great. Thanks for that. Unforgettable.
The Castle was a must see for me during my trip to Rome and it offers spectacular views of the city from its terrace
A great experience. Everything is very uncomplicated as it should be on vacation. Gladly again
Had a wonderful tour, was very insightful and friendly. Was a perfect start to our Rome trip.