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Castel Sant'Angelo: things to know and tips
The Castel Sant'Angelo is one of the most recognizable monuments in Rome, as well as an important point of interest near the Vatican City. It is located on the banks of the Tiber, not far from Via della Conciliation and the Saint Peter's Square.
The Castel Sant'Angelo has a long and fascinating history, which makes it unique among the many monuments of Rome. The original building was built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian, and for many years it was used as a funerary monument to house the Roman emperors. Over the centuries, it was incorporated in the Aurelian Walls, and finally it was converted into a fortified castle and used as a private residence for the Popes.
At this stage in its history dates back an important element that makes it even more special the building: the construction of a secret passage that connects the Castel Sant'Angelo with the Vatican City, to be used in case of siege.
Today, the imposing Castel Sant'Angelo is home to an interesting museum, and is a fundamental step for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Rome and its evolution through different eras.
Castel Sant'Angelo: useful information
Address: Lungotevere Castello 50, Rome
How to get there: the Castel Sant'Angelo is just a few minutes' walk from the Vatican City. The nearest subway station is "Lepanto", on Line A; from here you can take one of several buses to Piazza Cavour, located near Castel Sant'Angelo. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 6:30 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Entrance fee: full price ticket 10.50€; reduced ticket 7€ (EU citizens 18-25 years); free (under 18 and over 65)