Castel Sant’Angelo

Lungotevere Castello, 50

Facing the Ponte S. Angelo is the famous Castle of S. Angelo,built by the Emperor Hadrian as his family tomb, because the last niche in the imperial mausoleum of Augustus was filled when the ashes of Nerva were laid there. The first funeral here was that of AeHus Verus, the first adopted son of Hadrian, who died before him. The emperor himself died at Baiae, but his remains were transported hither from a temporary tomb at Pozzuoli by his successor Antoninus Pius, by whom the mausoleum was completed in a.d. 140. Here, also, were buried Antoninus Pius, a.d. 161 ; Marcus Aurelius, a.d. 180; Commodus, a.d. 192 ; and Septimius Severus, in an urn of gold, inclosed in one of alabaster, A.D. 211 ; Caracalla, in a.d. 217, was the last emperor interred here.

The castle, as it now appears, is but the skeleton of the magnificent tomb of the emperors. Procopius, writing in the sixth century, describes its appearance in his time. “It is built,” he says, “of Parian marble; the square blocks fit closely to each other without any cement. It has four equal sides, each a stone’s throw in length. In height it rises above the walls of the city. On the summit are statues of men and horses, of admirable workmanship, in Parian marble.”

Of the castle, as we now see it externally, only the quadrangular basement and the lower part of the round tower are of the time of Hadrian ; the upper part was added by Paul III. The four round towers of the outworks, called after the four Evangelists, are of Nicholas V., 1447.

Opening hours

Tuesday / Sunday 9:00 to 19:30

Closed on Mondays; 12/25; 1/01.

The ticket office closes at 18.30

Tickets

Full price € 10.50 *

The price of the ticket is subject to change during exhibitions

Reduced € 7,00 *

European Union citizens between 18 and 25 years,

Permanent teachers in government schools

The reduced ticket price is subject to change during exhibitions

Free:

European Union citizens under 18 and over 65, students and accompanying teachers, students and faculty of Architecture, Arts (archaeological or historical-artistic), Conservation of Cultural and Educational Sciences, the Academy of Fine Arts, employees the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, ICOM members, tour guides and interpreters in service, journalists with card order, with accompanying school groups, by reservation, handicapped with guide.

This place is included in the following itinerary: the Vatican and St.Peter’s.