Castel Sant'Angelo

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Castel Sant'Angelo: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Reserved Ticket

    1. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Reserved Ticket

    Discover the history of this mausoleum-turned-museum with skip-the-line, hosted access. Located on the right bank of the Tiber only a short distance from the Vatican City, the Castel Sant'Angelo is an ancient fortress with centuries of history. Explore the museums seven floors to discover an extensive collection of ancient artefacts and perfectly preserved frescoes from the Renaissance period. Built in 135AD for the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the building has played an important part in Rome’s architectural history. Climb the spiral staircase to reach the Chamber of Ashes where a number of historical figures were incarcerated, before continuing up to visit the Papal Residence. Immerse yourself in the stories of each different room as you admire the art within. Finish your experience with a panoramic view over Rome and the River Tiber from the castle terrace. A great opportunity to take so...

    The Castle was a must see for me during my trip to Rome and it offers spectacular views of the city from its terrace

  • Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    2. Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colloseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and magestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” by foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Location highlights include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

    Rome is so big and the best way to save time and see all the attractions is to take the Big Bus.

  • Rome: Secrets Beneath Castel Sant'Angelo Guided Tour

    3. Rome: Secrets Beneath Castel Sant'Angelo Guided Tour

    Take part in a small group tour led by a professional guide to admire some areas of the Castel Sant'Angelo that aren’t normally available, such as the Olearie, the historical prisons, and the theater of Clemente VII.  With your skip-the-line entry ticket, enjoy a fast entrance and start the 2-hour guided tour of the famous castle erected by the Roman emperor Hadrian as his tomb. Throughout the years, the historical building has served as a private residence to numerous popes, as a treasury of the state, a prison, and as a place of public executions.  In just 2 hours, discover the rich history behind the castle and marvel at its magnificent sculptures and paintings. Your guide will show you the burial place of the late emperor, the pope’s apartment, and the treasury room. End your incredible experience with a panoramic view from the castle's terrace where you can take pictures of the sp...

    Loved the tour. Our guide knew tons about the castles history and its part in the development of Rome. Excellent tour.

  • Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

    4. Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

    Explore Rome following the trail of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, Angels and Demons. The 3.5-hour tour begins at Pantheon, where Robert Langdon, the protagonist of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, arrives having misunderstood a clue. His intended destination was the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, and that is the tour's second stop. The church is noted for the Chigi Chapel, where Langdon found the first dead cardinal, branded with the word earth on his chest. Your next stop will be St. Peter's Basilica, the center of Christianity. In the middle of St. Peter’s Square you’ll find an obelisk surrounded by a wind compass rose. On the west ponente oval tile the protagonist found another dead cardinal, branded with the word air. After this, Langdon enters the Vatican’s secret archives to look for information about the Illuminati. From the Vatican you’ll head to the Chu...

    A great tour! Our guide Anestis was very knowledgeable about the history and the facts/fiction of the movie compared to the places we visited. He didn’t just give basic facts but told you what the book said, what the movie showed and what the truth is. He went out his way to answer all our questions. Amazing experience.

  • Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Tour with Fast-Track Access

    5. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Tour with Fast-Track Access

    As part of a small group led by a professional local guide, skip the lines at the Castel Sant'Angelo to set off on a 2-hour tour. Start the adventure of the famous castle that was erected by Emperor Hadrian to be his tomb. The building has also been used by popes as their private residence, the state treasury, a prison, and as a location for public executions throughout its history. In just 2 hours you’ll have the chance to discover the rich history of the castle and its magnificent architecture and paintings. You’ll be introduced to the emperor's burial place, the papal apartment, and treasury room. Admire the beautiful angel sculptures along the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge, also known as the Bridge of Angels. Finish off the incredible experience with a panoramic view from the castle's terrace and take stunning photos of the city.

    Eine sehr informative und interessante Reise durch die Geschichte der Engelsburg mit einem tollen Rundumblick auf das heutige Rom.

  • Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

    6. Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

    The Roma Pass network includes over 45 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, including the Colosseum, Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis, Trajan's Market, MACRO, the National Roman Museums, the Caracalla Baths, Borghese Gallery, Circo Massimo, Forum Pass Super, and Castel Sant'Angelo. With the city card, skip-the-line admission will be free at your first museum or site. In addition, you’ll enjoy discounted admission to all other museums and archaeological sites visited thereafter. You’ll also receive discounts with other participating service and activity providers. Explore the city as you travel for free on Rome’s public transportation network.

    Rome traffic was terrible, but it was exciting at the same time. I loved the city

  • Rome: Private 3.5-Hour Angels & Demons Tour by Golf Cart

    7. Rome: Private 3.5-Hour Angels & Demons Tour by Golf Cart

    Follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks’ character Robert Langdon in the 2009 movie Illuminati and explore the film locations of one of the most fascinating strips of film history in Rome. Enjoy a tour in a comfortable electric golf cart, which will be driven by your private tour guide. With the golf cart you can effortlessly reach all parts of the city including places that do not play a direct role in the film or book. You can get off at any time at any of the sights that interest you, such as the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Square, or the Colosseum. On this exciting Illuminati tour you follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks’ character Robert Langdon in his battle against time to save 4 cardinals and the explosive secrets of the Illuminati. Listen to exciting historical facts and background information as you explore the highlights of Rome. The film is based on the novel by Dan ...

  • Rome: Dark Heart of Rome Walking Tour

    8. Rome: Dark Heart of Rome Walking Tour

    Discover a different side to Rome on this guided evening tour. This darker, more mysterious Rome is one where facts and legends are intertwined to stimulate the imagination as much as the eye. Your guide will bring the Eternal City’s most enthralling historical and supernatural mysteries to life in a highly entertaining and informative tour. You will stroll along winding lanes in the city's historic center and hear ghostly tales that form part of a lesser-known history of Rome. Walk in the shadows of sights such as the Campo de Fiori, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Via del Governo Vecchio, Via Giulia, Piazza Farnese, and Castel Sant'Angelo.

  • Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica Audio Tour

    9. Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica Audio Tour

    Located on the right bank of the Tiber only a short distance from the Vatican City, the Castel Sant'Angelo is an ancient fortress with centuries of history. Built for the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the building has played an important part in Rome’s history. Discover this architectural landmark with skip-the-line, hosted access. Explore the museum's seven floors to discover an extensive collection of ancient artifacts and perfectly preserved frescoes from the Renaissance period. Climb the spiral staircase to reach the Chamber of Ashes where a number of historical figures were incarcerated, before continuing up to visit the Papal Residence. Finish the experience by admiring one of the largest churches in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica, with a audio guided tour. Learn about the architects behind its astonishing construction, including Michelangelo, Bernini and Borromini. Inside, admire worl...

  • Rome: Ghostly Nighttime Walking Tour

    10. Rome: Ghostly Nighttime Walking Tour

    Join this nighttime tour to discover the eerie tales that Rome would rather forget. Follow your guide on this scary stroll as you hear tales of emperors, Popes, and artists. See how, as the night approaches, another side of Rome emerges, one that is more dark and sinister. Soak in the spooky atmosphere of dark while discovering the spine-chilling stories of Rome's most famous ghosts, gruesome executions, and murders. With over 2000 years of history, Rome is made up of streets and corners packed with ghostly stories from its haunted past. Experience Rome in a different way as we visit some of the city's major monuments, churches, and prisons that are sure to leave you even more fascinated by this iconic place.

    Excellent! I love ghosts tours and this is one of my favorite yet. Ben our guide led us through the winding streets of Rome of Rome and shared tales of its bloody and dark past.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    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!

  • How to get there?

    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.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    9:00AM to 7:00PM, April to September. 9:00AM to 2:00PM in the off-season.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are just €10.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    This attraction is located close to the Vatican and can be reached by bus route 40, or metro line A to Lepanto station.
  • Additional information
    *Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month!

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What people are saying about Castel Sant'Angelo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,401 reviews

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.