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Visiting Castel Sant'Angelo Rome

Castel Sant'Angelo is a fortress located on the right bank of the Tiber river, a short distance from the Vatican city. It was built as a mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian. In the 6th century it was converted into a papal fortress. Nowadays, it houses the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo and its collection of paintings, sculptures, military memorabilia and medieval firearms. In the upper floor there is a large terrace from where you can take great photos of the Rome.

Castel Sant'Angelo is located just outside the walls of Vatican and many visitors combine a visit of Saint Peter's Basilica with a museum visit and a stroll across the picturesque Ponte Sant'Angelo into central Rome. This sight together with the Colosseum are two of Rome's most stunning sights to visit during the night as they are both beautifully illuminated.

Opening hours & The best time to visit

Castel Sant Angelo is open year-round from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and it's closed on Mondays (first Sunday of each month), January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

Entrance fees

Entrance fees for Castel Sant'Angelo are following:

  • €20.50 - adults
  • €13.00 - EU citizens aged 18-25
  • free - visitors under 17.

Lines in front of Castel Sant Angelo are usually long and we suggest you to book your skip the line tickets for this sight via Tiqets website. This ticket allows you to skip the lines. For those who plan to visit major sights of Rome we suggest to purchase Roma Pass or OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card which allows you free entry to Castel Sant'Angelo.

How to get to Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo is situated along Lungotevere Castello on the banks of the Tiber River, only a short walk from Saint Peter's Square. It can be easily reached by public transport from any other part of Rome. The Ottaviano station on metro line A is about a 5-minute walk away. You can also use city buses  no. 23, 34, 40, 62, 280, 982 or N11 to Piazza Pia and lines 30, 70, 81, 87, 913 or 990 to Piazza Cavour. You can use also tram no.19 to Piazza Risorgimento.

Castel Sant'Angelo can be also reached on foot from anywhere in Rome. From historic centre of Rome you need to reach Ponte Sant'Angelo which is situated next to the Castel Sant'Angelo. It is 20-25 minutes walk.

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