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Castel Sant'Angelo: Fast Track

Overlook the Tiber from this iconic mausoleum-turned-museum
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Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome - Tickets and Information

Castel Sant’Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, 50, Roma, 00193

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Castel Sant’Angelo: Fast Track Ticket


What's Included

  • From: €19.00
  • Fast track entrance to Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Access to permanent and temporary exhibitions
  • 1 day hop on hop off bus ticket (if option selected)

Rome Tourist Card


What's Included

  • From: €85.00
  • Castel Sant'Angelo OR St. Peter's Basilica
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • Rome Audio Guide
  • Bonus Discount

Is Castel Sant'Angelo worth visiting?

We definitely think so. Its one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and has an incredible amount of history.

What visitors see at Castel Sant'Angelo

Mausoleum of Hadrian

Castel Sant'Angelo was built at the request of the Emperor Hadrian for the use of himself and his family. The mausoleum can be found on the first floor, along with the names of those that are buried there.

Passage of Boniface IX

The Passage of Boniface IX is located on level 2. This is an incredible architectural feature by Niccolo Lamberti for Boniface IX Tomacelli and now features reconstructed medieval weapons. Its also home to a trap door and a guards room.

Armoury & Military Equipment

On the third floor you will find the armoury. There is a courtyard where you will find a display of weapons set up for battle, including slingshots. You will find a display of around 6000 weapons in the National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo.

The Alexander VII Walkway

This is a circular corridor that was added in the 17th century by the family of Pope Alexander VII of the Chigi. The walkway offers incredible views of the Vatican museums. There is also a cafe located on the walkway so you can enjoy a coffee and snack.

The Courtyard of the Angel and Papal Apartments

On the 3rd floor you will find the Courtyard of the Angel. This area served as the reception to the Papal Apartments. The Armoury is on one side and the Papal Apartments on the other. The courtyard is also home to a statue of the holy archangel Michael. The Papal Apartments offer incredible frescos and other works of art.

The Library

The library was close to the fortress's most secure area - the Sala del Tesoro, which was used to file the papal archives and important documentation. You will find incredible frescoes on the vault's ceiling. The Sala dell'Adrianeo and the Sala dei Festoni which are two adjacent chambers also form part of the library.

Paolina Rooms

The Sala Paolina rooms serve as both the welcome area and the living room of Paul III Farnese. A very important location as Ambassadors and other guests were welcomed in the hall of honour.

About Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian was built as a Mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian having been commissioned by the Emperor himself for himself and his family and he and his wife are both buried there, along with Antonino Pio, Commodo, Marcus Aurelius and Caracalla and most also have their wives and children buried there too.

Castel Sant'Angelo was built on the bank of the Tiber between AD 134 and 139 and has been used for many purposes since. The church changed it into a fortress in 400 AD. to protect the city from Barbarian raids. It also served as a prison, of which you can still see some of the prison cells today during your tour. Then into a castle before being turned into a museum. It’s even been the setting for Puccini’s Opera Tosca!

The property offers incredible views of the Eternal City from its rooftop and is another one of Rome’s top attractions and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each day.

Castel Sant’Angelo is situated about 2.5 km’s away from the Vatican, so it’s within walking distance and is also close to St Peter’s Basilica.

Castel Sant'Angelo is also known for it's secret passages which were used by the popes as escape routes in the past. The most famous of these tunnels is called the 'Passetto di Borgo' and is a fortified corridor that actually connects Castel Sant'Angelo to the Vatican and was used as an escape route for Pope Clement VII during the Sack of Rome in 1527, according to some! These secret passages are not open to the public though.

Today Castel Sant'Angelo is home to the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo and displays a collection of art, historical artifacts and weaponry. It also offers visitors incredible panoramic views of Rome from its terrace.

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Castel Sant'Angelo Address

  • Castel Sant’Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, 50, Roma, 00193

Castel Sant'Angelo Opening Hours

  • 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
  • Monday: CLOSED

How to get to Castel Sant'Angelo

  • Bus: 23, 271, 280, 62 and 982 will all take you to Bus Stop: Piazza Pia
  • Train: From Roma Termini get on a train towards Roma San Pietro Station. It will take you around 20 minutes to walk from there.
  • Light Rail/Tram: Number 19 to Castel Sant'Angelo. The closest station is Risorgimento/S. Pietro and its around a 10 minute walk from there.
  • Metro: Line A to Lepanto Station with a 15-minute walk or Lina A to Ottaviano, again, around a 15-minute walk.
  • Car: There isn't any onsite car parking available but there are three main car parks close by being: Garage Properzio Car Park; Gran Melia - Giancolo or The Prati Car Park. All have their own costs involved though which may vary.

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What is the best time of day to visit Castel Sant'Angelo to avoid the crowds?

If you want to try and avoid the crowds, we suggest visiting either first thing in the morning when they open or late afternoon before they close. They are generally the quieter times of the day but please do remember it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome, so there will likely always be other people visiting. ‍

Am I allowed to take photos in Castel Sant'Angelo?

Yes, photography is allowed in Castel Sant'Angelo, but use of flash is not allowed nor are tripods. Please also respect the other visitors.

Is Castel Sant'Angelo wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Castel Sant'Angelo is wheelchair accessible. There is also a left that goes to the roof. ‍

How long does it take to see Castel Sant'Angelo?

You can spend as little time as you like there, but we suggest at least an hour to you can enjoy it and see all aspects including the amazing views from the roof. Most visitors spend between 1-2 hours there.

How much does it cost to visit Castel Sant'Angelo?

We offer tickets from €17.50 which include Fast-Track Entry. However if you would like to enjoy a guided tour, that option is a little more at €49.00 per person. We also offer a Vatican City Pass for €50.00 which not only includes Castel Sant'Angelo but also Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel access.

Is Castel Sant'Angelo worth visiting and if so, what is there to see?

With over 1,000,000 people visiting it each year, the easy answer is yes, we definitely think Castel Sant'Angelo is worth visiting. Its a museum with exhibits showing its history. It also offers amazing views of the city. Who are we to argue with over 1,000,000 visitors each year!

What is the meaning of its name, Castel Sant'Angelo?

The name translates to 'Castle of the Holy Angel' and its in reference to the Archangel Michael that sits on top.

What is the history of Castel Sant'Angelo?

Castel Sant'Angelo was actually commissioned by Emperor Hadrian to be a mausoleum for himself and his family. Other people also ended up being buried there too. However it has since been used for several purposes including a fortress, a prison and even a papal residence! Not its a museum showing some of its history.

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