Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo (Angel Castle), Rome

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The Castle of the Angels (Castel Sant’Angelo) is an ancient Roman fortress near Vatican City. The fortress was built as early as the second century AD, but was not given the name Angel Castle until 590. In that year, Archangel Michael appeared and ended the plague epidemic, after which Pope Pius II had a large bronze statue of Archangel Michael placed at the top of the castle.

Later, the Castel Sant’Angelo was part of Rome’s defence line and was where the popes could take refuge, as there was an underground tunnel running between the Vatican and the Castle of the Angels.

Today, this fortress serves as a museum and most of the mausoleum’s urns were once destroyed by outside attacks. From the Castel Sant’Angelo you have the best view of the castle and the bridge with beautiful works of art. It is also possible to see the Angel Castle inside. Inside, you will find Hadrian’s tomb, the papal chambers, the fortress, the execution site and well-preserved frescoes and more.

Opening hours:

Castel Sant’Angelo is open every day from: 09:00 AM to 07:30 PM.

Photographer: Niccolò Chiamori by Unsplash

Tips and Tricks!

Here are a few tips you should know before visiting Castel Sant’Angelo!

  • Also, don’t forget to climb up to the castle’s roof terrace, from where you have a great view of Rome.
  • Planning to see the Castel Sant’Angelo from the inside, it is advisable to book tickets for this.
Photographer: Angelo Casto by Unsplash

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