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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

This was probably the best tour we took in our visit to Rome.

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.

An amazing experience which can help you see Rome differently!

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.

Don't miss this activity - it's worth it!

This is the ultimate whistle stop tour of Rome! Jirka, our guide, was friendly, patient and full of information on Rome, the facts, figures and history of the places to which he takes you, that makes the entire experience that much more memorable and immersive. This activity is a must, and is that much more enjoyable at night. Out it on top of your list!

Discover Rome by Night: Guided Segway Tour Reviewed by Jomelle, 01/03/2019

Interesting facts about the dark side of Rome

Got a very nice walk around different parts of the city of Rome. Learned some interesting and scary facts you won't know as a tourist.

such a great way to learn about Rome - Roberto a great story teller

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.

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