Castel Sant’Angelo Tour – Rome

 

Castel sant’Angelo, from imperial monument to catholic fortress

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Duration
Half Day
 
 
Places of interest

ROME

  • Castel Sant’Angelo
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All our tours are PRIVATE, not sharing with other guests.

Languages

English, Spanish, German, French, Italian

  • Historical interest 100% 100%
  • Fun 90% 90%
  • Activity Level 80% 80%

The popes’ militar side

Castel Sant’Angelo was built between 123 and 139 A.D and originally was a mausoleum.

It was commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian for himself and his family. After a while, the castle has been turned into a military outpost and, during Emperor Aurelian times, became a fortress.

The castle changed his name to “Castellum Sancti Angeli”, after the medieval legend. According to it, the Archangel Michael appeared to Pope Gregorio Magno, announcing the end of the plague. After that, the castle gradually passed into the control of the Papacy.

At the beginning of mid-5th century, they built the papal apartments inside the castle and it became the seat of State files.

In 1527, during the Sack of Rome, its rooms hosted the pontifical court of Pope Clemente VII, who was escaping from the Vatican buildings through secret passages, called “passetto del borgo”.

Sant’ Angelo Castle became property of the Italian Government in 1870, as military barracks and jails, until 1901. Mariano Borgatti, major of the Italian army, promoted huge restoration works for this building. In 1911 it was the location of the international Exposition in Rome and, in 1925, the National Museum of  Castel Sant’Angelo was founded, thanks to the donations received from the International exposition.

In the surroundings of Castel Sant’Angelo, you can’t miss the chance to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, one of the major attractions of Rome that don’t need description. You can find the tour in our “Private Tours” section.

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