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5 historical facts about the Mausoleum of Hadrian

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!

It has served several functions

It has served several functions

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!

It was based on the Mausoleum of Augustus

It was based on the Mausoleum of Augustus

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.

It was fortified by the Emperor Aurelian

It was fortified by the Emperor Aurelian

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.

The royal remains were lost to invading Visigoths

The royal remains were lost to invading Visigoths

Barely a decade after its fortification, the Visigoths pillaged the mausoleum and emptied many of the funerary urns during the 410 sacking of Rome.

Its alias refers to a fanstastic legend

Its alias refers to a fanstastic legend

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!

Our insider tips

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!

What people are saying about Castel Sant'Angelo

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 3,163 reviews

We had a lovely tour guide called Gabriella. She was so informative, friendly and easy to talk to. We felt like we walked around and saw a lot of the nice little squares and backstreets which we wouldn’t have seen otherwise. It was nice to walk with someone leading us! Really recommend this tour as something different, it was interesting to hear the stories and see all the different monuments and places of interest. Thanks for a great evening!

Haunted Rome Walking Tour Reviewed by

REALLY interesting activity. I believe the only TRUE way to really know about a City history. Not very deep cause only lasts for 90 minutes but much more interesting, exciting and rewarding than the traditional tourist tours. Look for similar activities as this one and do as many as possible once is the only true way to really know about a City such as Rome.

Alethea was an amazing tour guide!!! She kept it fun, and very educational, throughout our stroll through the Roman streets. She had knowledge about locations that I had seen on previous tours that the other guides didn't offer. If you're lucky enough to have her, you're in for a treat! 10/10 would do another tour with her any day!

The tour was very well organised. The meeting point was easy to find, the guides were on time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and ready to answer all our questions. Was an excellent tour. Would definitely recommend it.

I would definitely recommend this guide. It was so easy to book and very reasonably priced. Our guide was easy to find and made our tour interesting and enjoyable, was a highlight of out trip.

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