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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!
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!
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.
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.
Barely a decade after its fortification, the Visigoths pillaged the mausoleum and emptied many of the funerary urns during the 410 sacking of Rome.
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!
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!
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.
- 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
No idea what to expect. Roberto made the experience. So animated and knowledgeable. We learnt about a lot. Roberto brought each place alive abd learning history that way was great. He seperated Dan Browns fiction from reality in an entertaining way. Like the book love the tour.
I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone who is visiting Rome and wants to see this beautiful city in a different interesting perspective. Our giude Max made the entire experience as his friendliness and funny personality made everyone have an amazing time.
Orlando rocks! His passsion for Rome, it’s history and it’s artistic beauty made our evening one of the most amazing experiences of Rome! The segways were easy to maneuver, very quiet, and an excellent way to see Rome in a short period of time.
We felt our guide John was very knowledgeable and enjoyed sharing with us what he knew. It wasn’t just a tour of the dark side of Rome rather it was all encompassing of much information and hot spots around Rome. Definitely a must do!
Our guide was incredible and knew his information about this tour as well as the city of Rome and the sites we saw. I would recommend it to anyone. He was so entertaining.