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Castel Sant'Angelo tickets (includes e-book guide)

A chance to explore the museum of Castel Sant'Angelo or 'Hadrian's Mausoleum'. This striking historical monument houses an assortment of paintings, sculptures, historical weaponry and furnishings in a splendid ancient setting.

Built by the emperor Hadrian in 138 AD as a family mausoleum or tomb, the Castel Sant'Angelo later became a fortress, a Papal stronghold and later a prison, before being converted to a museum in the early 20th century.

Legend has it that the Archangel Michael appeared on the top of the building to signal the end of the plague in 590 AD - hence Castel Sant'Angelo (or the Castle of the Holy Angel). The castle is topped with von Verschaffelt's bronze statue of the warrior saint, and the original, a marble statue by Raffaello da Montelupo, is still to be seen inside the castle.

With a complex network of rooms, galleries and corridors to explore on every floor, the castle also offers breathtaking views over Rome.

Included with your tickets is an e-book guide to the Castel Sant'Angelo, written by two prominent Italian Art Historians and available to download as epub (for iPad and iPhone, Android, and many ebook readers), mobi (for Kindle) and PDF for pretty much everything else.

Please note that, if you have young children with you, certain areas cannot be visited with a pushcair/buggy - these need to be left in the baggage room.

Should there be a special exhibition running then the price may change to reflect this.

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4.5 stars out of 5 from 31 ratings. See all 8 reviews

5 stars
FM, United States
16th Apr 2017
We had a memorable visit and enjoyed the Castel very much
5 stars
MH, United States
20th Jun 2016
Great as it was not over flowing with tourist. The heat made it unbearable outside but the castle was cool. Great place to visit without the crowds. So much to see.
5 stars
ET, United States
7th Oct 2015
We walked ahead of everyone else in line and didn't have to wait at all. It was amazing.
5 stars
SC, Hong Kong
11th Jun 2015
Fine and nice
5 stars
AS, Russian Federation
4th Jun 2015
Наличие ваучера и проход вне очереди позволяет существенно экономить время, что особенно приятно в жаркую погоду. Have voucher and skip the line can significantly save time, which is especially nice in the hot weather .
4 stars
CK, United States
12th Nov 2019
We had a great time during our visit and enjoyed the views from the roof, taking photos, the pope’s apartments and the information available throughout the site. Unfortunately we were not able to download the recommended app.