Castle of the Holy Angel

Local nameCastel Sant’Angelo
LocationVatican City, Rome, Italy

Originally built in the second century AD by the Roman emperor Hadrian as his mausoleum, in the 14th century, it was decided that the building should be turned into a castle and a special corridor was added in order to connect the castle with St. Peter’s Basilica.

Today, the castle serves as a museum (there are many various pieces of art on display there - e.g. statues, paintings or ceramics - mainly from the Renaissance period). The building itself is built in Ancient Roman style but the statues decorating it are baroque.

The castle is divided into five levels but the most important one is the upper terrace (level five) which offers breathtaking views of Rome. Other levels house the mausoleum or the prison.

You may recall the castle from the film Angels & Demons where it features as one of the key locations.

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Opening hours

(Ticket office closes at 6:30 pm.)


Adults: €15
Students (EU citizens 18-25): €7
Children (EU citizens under 18): free

The reduced ticket price is subject to change during exhibitions. Free admission on the first Sunday of every month.

More information and contact


Official website


Phone +39 06 6819111

Address Lungotevere Castello 50, 00186 Roma, Italy

Coordinates 41°54'11.065" N 12°27'58.85" E

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