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Typology: Art Museum, Historical Museum, State Museum


Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50
Zone: Rione Borgo (Castel Sant'Angelo) (Roma centro)
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Opening times

Please note
Friday 29 October 2021: Open from 9.00 - 17.30 (last admission 16.30)
Monday 1 November 2021: Open from 9.00 - 19.30 (last admission 18.30)
Tuesday 2 November 2021: Closed for weekly rest

Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.00 - 19.30  (last admission 18.30)
Closed Mondays, 1st January, 25 December

The National Museum of Castel Sant 'Angelo can be visited according to the following time slots of an hour and a half each:
18.00-19.30 (last admission at 18.30)

Max 300 people per time slot.
Obligation to visit no more than an hour and a half

Access to groups accompanied by their own licensed tour guide is allowed for a maximum of 20 people (guide included), only if equipped with radio guide systems (whisper). It is the responsibility of the guide to raise awareness of compliance with the rules and regulations in force.
The entrance with whispers is compulsory starting from groups of 8 people accompanied by a tour guide.

Museums and places of culture are required to comply with the indications contained in the measures for the containment of COVID.
For times and methods of visiting consult the official website.


Full Price € 12,00  
Reduced price for EU citizens aged 18-25 € 2,00   
Reduced with Roma Pass € 6,00
Free for Children under 18 years

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Castel Sant'Angelo was built by Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century as a mausoleum for himself and his family. Several circumstances ensured that the mausoleum, unlike many other Roman buildings, avoided ruin. The main one was the uninterrupted series of transformations through which it went from sepulchre to impregnable fortress, from prison to splendid Renaissance residence, from barracks to national museum.

From 1925 it has been home to the National Museum, which houses art and history collections as well as relics of the Italian Army in a monumental setting restored for the occasion. Castel Sant'Angelo, a monument-symbol of the Roman practice of reusing ancient Roman buildings, stands with its imposing bulk on the right bank of the Tiber not far from St. Peter's Basilica, at the end of the perspective line of Bernini's Ponte Sant'Angelo.

The complex and stratified history of the monument can therefore be traced back to the three main nuclei made up of the Roman vestiges of the imperial mausoleum (the helicoidal ramp with the four gigantic vents, the urn room for the ashes of the imperial family with the three overlapping rooms created in the terminal cylinder of the mole), the fortified castle (with the roundabout and the four bastions dedicated to the evangelists) and the papal flats (which include the small jewels of the chapel of Leo X and the Stufetta of Clement VII, that is, his bathroom with frescoes by Raphael) is both the substance and the frame of the exhibition itinerary that boasts heterogeneous collections of sculptures, paintings, marble artefacts, weapons, furniture and objects of various origins, partly recovered from the excavation of the helicoidal ramp of the mausoleum, partly donated by the National Roman Museum of the Baths of Diocletian and by the disbanded Industrial Artistic Museum, partly acquired on the antiques market and following the exhibitions set up to celebrate the Universal Exhibition of 1911.

This small but high-quality art gallery, made up of the bequests of the Menotti and Contini Bonaccossi collections, is arranged in the rooms of the historic flats according to a museographic criterion of furnishing in style: The heterogeneity of the works is compensated for by the preciousness of the artists, among whom Crivelli, Lotto, Dossi and Signorelli stand out, while the fulcrum of the sculpture collection is the stone angel by Raffaello da Montelupo, now in the Cortile d'Onore (Courtyard of Honour) but until 1752 placed at the top of the castle and linked to the medieval legend according to which, at the time of Gregory the Great, its appearance caused the end of a plague.

The arms collection, on the other hand, which is housed in the rooms of Pius IV at the top of the monument, is more of a refined antique than an heirloom, selecting pieces that are certainly linked to the history of the Castle; there are arms, trousseaus and uniforms from the 15th to the 19th century.

The tour guides the public through the physical places - courtyards, rooms, loggias - and above all through all the historical phases. The itinerary leads the visitor to Hadrian's burial cell, following in the footsteps of the procession that carried the emperor's ashes; it takes the visitor up the walls, into the rooms of the papal flats, into Cagliostro's prison to the spectacular Terrazza dell'Angelo, from where Tosca decided to throw herself into the Tiber; and out, for the first time, through the monumental portal built by the Sienese architect Giovanni Sallustio Peruzzi, son of the more famous Baldassarre.

During the tour you can also visit the so-called Sale Cambellotti. These three rooms were intended in 1925 to house the relics of the Italian army and were decorated with paintings and stuccoes by Duilio Cambellotti, one of the greatest interpreters of Art Nouveau. Of particular importance is the Sala dei Labari, so called because it was intended to house the labarums, i.e. the military insignia, of the assault units, those units, such as the Arditi, which during the First World War had the task of breaking through the established fronts: this is why Cambellotti painted Savoy, papal and Lombardy flags there and depicted eagle wings in the frieze with hands brandishing all sorts of weapons.

In order to improve communication, the Castle is now offering visitors a range of different, and in some cases very sophisticated, technological tools. All this is free of charge, i.e. included in the price of the ticket. First and foremost, the basic panels, which are completely new in terms of content and graphics, designed ad hoc. They are accompanied by the WI-FI system, extended to the entire perimeter of the Castle, and by an App that can be downloaded on all devices and is particularly suitable for smartphones. The App enables almost every visitor to follow the route: it is available in seven languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Chinese. A series of eBeacons, technological instruments installed at various points along the route, intercept the visitor's devices and automatically propose the vocal and multimedia contents of the App.


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