If you have a list of places that every one MUST visit whilst in Rome (like every normal human being does), we're sure that a visit to Castel Sant'Angelo, is right up there. It's the most famous castle in Rome, and with good reason. With sculptures made by masters such as Bernini and Morelli, this castle is sure to leave you in awe, and knock your socks off!
P.S. We hear there's a secret connection to the Vatican, shhh.
Read on to know everything there is to this landmark:
Castel Sant'Angelo in a Nutshell
9 am to 7:30 pm, every day
Know before you go
Best time to visit - The best time to visit the attraction is in the evening, closer to sunset hours
Starting Prices for Castel Sant'Angelo Tickets - €16
Suggested duration 1-2 hours
Location - Rome, Italy
Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
History of Castel Sant'Angelo
This iconic castle was initially built as a mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his family in AD 139. The tomb was erected on the bank of the river Tiber, and his ashes were placed there a year after this demise. Until the end of the Roman empire, this location was used in the same way by his successors.
Moving on to the Middle Ages, the castle was converted to a fortress by Emperor Aurelian, who in turn made it a strategic location for Roman warfare. Since then, this castle has passed through the hands of several Popes and has served as a place of residence, a prison, a court, AND a fortress. Talk about one castle, many lives!
It was towards the end of the Middle Ages when Pope Nicholas III had the Passetto di Borgo built, which is in fact, the secret connection to the Vatican we mentioned earlier.
By the time we reached the Renaissance and beyond, Castel San'tAngelo underwent a massive transformation under Cardinal Della Rovere, who actually preferred to stay in the castle, rather than the Vatican Palace. During this time, the Papal residences were renovated, and the Loggia towards The Tiber was also built. A MASSIVE castle was built on the ruins of the Hadrian Mausoleum - and a majority of statues on the Ponte Sant' Angelo were lost.
Finally, after often serving as a prison, barracks, and even a warehouse for warfare material, the structure was decommissioned in 1901. The Mausoleum was in fact entirely abandoned until Colonel Luigi Durand de la Penne and Captain Mariano Borgatti decided to restore it.
After a long 6-year restoration campaign, the structure was inaugurated as a museum by King Vittorio Emanuele III - and that brings us to where we are today.
Which Castel Sant'Angelo Tickets Should You Buy?
Since Castel Sant'Angelo is a popular choice among tourists and locals alike, as it should be - it IS the perfect way to dive into history (irrespective of the fact if history is your jam or not), and explore a world that we know very little about.
Hence, long waiting lines are natural. Here are some Castel San'tAngelo Tickets you can buy, so you can save time and dime:
Plan Your Visit
Castel Sant'Angelo Opening Hours
Castel Sant'Angelo is open from 9 am to 7:30 pm everyday, the ticket office closes at 6:30 pm
Getting to the Castle
- Buses 23, 280, 62, 64, or 982 will take you where you need to go...which is to the closest bus stop near Castel Sant'Angelo.
- The bus stop closest to the landmark, Piazza Pia. Castel San't Angelo is a 5 minute walk away from this stop.
- Metro Line A is one that stops at Lepanto, which is the closest metro station to Castel Sant' Angelo. As close as a 17 minute walk away.
- Train lines Fl3 and FL5 stop nearest to Castel Sant'Angelo. This stop, is Roma San Pietro, which is 22 minutes away.
- Train #19 is your ride to the all-famous landmark. The closest station via this train, is Risorgimento/S. Pietro, which is a 12 minute walk away.
By Light Rail
Best Time To Visit Castel Sant'Angelo
In a day, the best time to visit Castel Sant'Angelo is the evening, because that's when you'll bump into the least crowds.
In a year, visiting Rome, and especially this attraction between September to March, allows you to enjoy the weather, which might be useful when you're exploring the five floors of the castle.
Top Things to Do at Castel Sant'Angelo
1Admire the works of art
Over time, the castle has managed to amass a huge collection of art - as is obvious. Most of these are located right in the heart of the castle, and are available to the public. You can find remains from the Handurian tomb, that made it to the tomb after years of restoration, artworks that were donated by art collectors like Bonaccorsi. Along with these, you get access to see sculptures from the Renaissance period. Right at the top, on the roof, you'll find the sculpture of Archangel Michael, which is most popularly known as the crown jewel of the castle.
A bridge on the bank of the river Tiber, that connects Castel Sant'Angelo to the city. Originally built by Emperor Hadrian, and initially known as the Aelian Bridge - it was used as a passageway by Christian pilgrims to St. Peter's Basilica. During the 7th Century, the bridge was renamed to Ponte Sant'Angelo.
During the Renaissance period, the Pope commissioned Bernini to sculpt 10 angels that could be erected on either side of the bridge.
3The Passage of the Village
Passetto di Borgo, is an elevated corridor that essentially connects Castel Sant'Angelo with the Vatican City. Commissioned by Pope Nicholas III, this 800 meter long passagway was built in 1277.
The passage served as an escape route in case of an attack. Visitors can see the passage from the castle, but it's only opened to the general public in the summer.
4Take in Gorgeous Views of the City
The terrace of Castel Sant'Angelo is THE place to catch stunning view of the city. Located on the 5th floor of Castel Sant'Angelo, this terrace acted as the setting for the last act of Puccini's opera 'Tosca'.
Attractions near Castel Sant' Angelo
One of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings, the Roman Pantheon is a must-visit. Formerly a temple, and now a church, this building is a testament to Roman architecture.
St. Peter's Basilica is that one structure that represents Rome and Christianity insanely well. In fact, a visit to the Vatican City where you've not visited this marvel - would be considered incomplete. Sorry, we don't make the rules!
The Sistine Chapel has to be one of the most revered attractions in the world, let alone Vatican City. This place holds massive religious significance, and what's more - is the place where popes are crowned! To gain an insight into Roman beliefs, this chapel is a must-visit.
If you're looking for one attraction that's synonymous with Rome, it's the Colosseum - hands down! A building that's stood the testament of time and several disasters, is definitelt worth a visit. Or two.
Often known as a defining part of Rome's art and history, the Borghese Gallery is your one-stop-shop to learn as much as you can about Roman art and culture in one go. Famous for hosting artworks by maestros such as Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Bernini, and Canova, among others - the Borghese Gallery is definitely worth a visit.
Parking near Castel Sant'Angelo
If you choose to go to the attraction in a car, be aware that there isn't a parking facility available on the premises. However, there are some paid parking options available that you can use.
1. Garage Properzio Car Park: Less than 600m away from the castle, this car park is close to St. Peter's Square and Gianicolo Park among other attractions. Although, you will have to leave your cars at the car park.
Timings: 7 am to 7 pm, every day
Price: €5 for 1 hour
2. Gran Meliá - Gianicolo: About 10 minutes away from the castle, this car parking is a perfect option for those who'd like to combine a Vatican Tour with their visit to Castel Sant'Angelo.
Timings: 7 am to 10 pm, from Monday to Friday, and 7 am to 7 pm, on the weekends
Price: €2.50 for 1 hour
3. The Prati Car Park: Located 12 to 13 minutes away from the attraction, this car park is very close to Piazza del Risorgimento and the Vatican City as well. Again, you will have to leave your keys at the facility.
Timings: 6 am to 1:30 am, from Monday to Saturday, and 6 am to 11 am + 6 pm to 1:30 pm on Sundays and public holidays
Price: €30 for an unlimited day pass
Restaurants near Castel Sant' Angelo
Here are some top restaurants which are located near the castle, that you must add to your plan for the day!
A family-run rooftop that's bound to give you all the feels of being in Italy, Le Terrazze Restaurant , is a must go-to. With views that are perfect to admire with a glass of wine - often a need after long days of exploring the city - this restaurant is sure to give you all! Head out to the restaurant to try your hand at their sandwiches, coffees, cheesecakes, tiramisu, and more!
La Fraschetta di Castel Sant’Angelo is your gateway to a perfect lunch in Rome. Widely known for its pasta, interiors, and service - this restaurant is sure to leave your taste buds in awe for a long, long time.
Cantina e Cucina is your one-stop-shop for the best pizzas, charcuterie boards, and mouth-watering appetizers. Perfect for a family sit-down meal, this place is sure to leave your heart longing for more.
Everyone who has been here, has termed this place as their favourite. With great food, views and an amazing outdoor area...who wouldn't call this their go-to spot? Grazia & Graziella is where you should be going, for the time of your lives.
For everyone who prefers gluten-free food, Mamà Ristobistrot is the solution. Very well recommended by locals and tourists alike, this place will take care of all your pasta needs, to the best-of their abilities.
Hotels near Castel Sant' Angelo
Although a day's trip is enough to see everything there is at Castel Sant'Angelo, it's never enough for Rome. And honestly, who doesn't love a vacation?!
If seeing every attraction in Rome is your idea of a perfect vacation, Rome Aparts is your hotel of choice. Located right in the heart of the city, this hotel will help you save up on your travel time, and keep adding attractions + experiences to your itenarary.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the address of Castel Sant'Angelo?
The address for Castel Sant'Angelo is Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma RM, Italy.
What are the different ways to reach Castel Sant’Angelo?
You can reach the castle via car, bus, train, tram or metro. Talk about ease of accessibility.
Which is the closest bus stop to Castel Sant’Angelo?
The closest bus stop to Castel Sant'Angelo is Piazza Pia. The attraction is a 5-minute walk away from here.
How soon do I need to book my tickets before visiting Castel Sant'Angelo?
Since the landmark is a popular spot, for locals and tourists alike, it's advisable to book your tickets at least 3 days in advance to ensure you get the smoothest experience.
How far is Castel Sant'Angelo from the Colosseum?
Castel Sant'Angelo is 2.9kms away from the Colosseum, which approximately translates to a 35 minute walk.
Is Castel Sant'Angelo close to the Vatican City?
The Vatican is in fact closer to the attraction than you think. There exists a 800 m passage called the Passetto di Borgo that links the two. Talk about a connection!