Castel Sant’Angelo Tour – Rome

 

Castel sant’Angelo, from imperial monument to catholic fortress

Highlights and what’s included

Accessible

Visit Accessible website

Duration
Half Day
 
 
Places of interest

ROME

  • Castel Sant’Angelo
Exclusivity

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.

Contact for information


I have read the privacy policy and I authorize the processing of data (Require)

Tours you may also like

Tour of Ancient Ostia

Tour of Ancient Ostia – Rome     By visiting Ostia, the most ancient colony of the Roman Empire, you can feel the atmosphere of life in the time...

Roman Castles Tour

Roman Castles Tour ​The Roman Castles area, among history, food and art Highlights and what's included Visit Accessible website Full Day ROME...

Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love "You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions."...

Ducati Museum – Bologna

Ducati Museum – BolognaDucati Museum: all bikes, all monsters, all tales Highlights and what's includedVisit Accessible website Half Day    ...

Godfather – Inspired Tour

Godfather - Inspired Tour  “I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.” Highlights and what's included Visit Accessible website Half Day...

Walking Tour Florence

Walking Tour Florence – Highlights of the city     Everything you absolutely can't miss in FlorenceHighlights and what's includedVisit...

Perfume Experience – Florence

Perfume Experience – Florence  ​Create your personal fragrance Highlights and what's included   Half Day   FLORENCE Maison de Parfum All our...

Walking Tour Volterra

Walking Tour Volterra   Etruscans, Romans and medievals all in love with VolterraHighlights and what's included Half Day     TUSCANY Volterra...

Venice Walking Tour

Venice Walking Tour   Venice: canals, gondolas, bridges and amazementHighlights and what's included Half Day     Venice   Calle &...

Walking Tour Pisa & Lucca

Walking Tour Pisa & Lucca   Pisa and Lucca: towns of bankers and artists Highlights and what's included Visit Accessible website Full Day...
shares