Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Reserved Ticket
- Skip the line
- Duration: 1 hour
- Optional audio guide
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.
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That was one of the MOST amazing tours we’ve ever had. Our guide, Rob, made this walk fun, exciting and fascinating. He has amazing sense of humor and unique personality. We got to know about secret Rome’s treasures, legends, and stories. HIGHLY recommended if you visit the city !
It was amazing to have an overview of the interesting places in Rome and take our time to discover it, since we had no idea where to begin. Overall we were very pleased and will definitely try it in our next destination.
The walking tour gave us a good look around the city our first night there so we knew what to do back and do during the day and also things to look for!! Our guide was amazing and so energetic and funny!
Loved the tour. Our guide knew tons about the castles history and its part in the development of Rome. Excellent tour.
La nostra guida Nicolo è stato molto interessante e ci ha trasmesso la sua passione per la storia. Tour fantastico!!