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Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome

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Experience more than 20 centuries of Roman history at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. Constructed as a mausoleum in the second century, the castle over the years has served as a military fortress, political safe haven, and prison. Now, it is home to a national museum. Take a tour of one of the papal apartments adorned with antique frescoes and original decor. Walk through the hidden passageway to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. On the right bank of the Tiber river in the heart of Rome, the castle's roof terrace provides views of the city. Take a look at our Rome trip itinerary tool to schedule your visit to Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The bridge to the entrance is more beautiful than the castle itself. But it's still worth a visit. Some parts of it are really interesting and beautiful. There is an exhibition with iconic dresses... 
    The bridge to the entrance is more beautiful than the castle itself. But it's still worth a visit. Some parts of it are really interesting and beautiful. There is an exhibition with iconic dresses...  more »
  • I went by myself to Sant'Angelo, and I spent four hours wandering through the entire structure. I learned that it was originally Hadrian's tomb, so it's also called Hadiran's Mole (mole meaning... 
    I went by myself to Sant'Angelo, and I spent four hours wandering through the entire structure. I learned that it was originally Hadrian's tomb, so it's also called Hadiran's Mole (mole meaning...  more »
  • My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Rome staying at the Romanico Palace Hotel and earlier today we visited the Castel Sant’Angelo Museum which is an impressive building just a short walk... 
    My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Rome staying at the Romanico Palace Hotel and earlier today we visited the Castel Sant’Angelo Museum which is an impressive building just a short walk...  more »
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  • Great old castle, nice placement near the Tiber river. The view is gorgeous, especially at sunset since the Basilica of St. Peter can be seen in the background. Also, the pedestrian bridge over the river is a romantic place with people that play slow songs on the guitar. We did not enter because the castle was closed, but it was pretty crowded so I suppose you should get tickets in advance if you want to visit the inside.
  • A beautiful castle. The experience is straight forward, but you can easily spend at least 1.5 hours here excluding the garden. There is a floor with an exhibition room, then several paths deeper and upper into the castle, but still straight-forward enough to see everything. You will see fortress interior areas, castle walls, exhibits of old weaponry and paintings, and of course many grand rooms with beautiful art covering the ceiling and walls. Tickets 14€~
  • Rome has a lot to offer but if I were to rank the tourist attractions I would rate this one a much lower. It looks good from the outside and on the bridge that was probably the best part. The inside isn’t bad but I wasn’t too impressed. It’s basically just a good looking castle and that’s about it. If you have a lot of time on your hands go and visit, otherwise take a picture from the bridge and move on.
  • I would recommend doing a private tour. My girlfriend and I spent 3 hours with our guide. She knew all the ins and outs of the castle. There is no parking. There was a contemporary art installation at the time and it was awful. There were statues in the courtyards, it took away from the architecture and the surrounding courtyards. The history was fascinating. The view from the bastions we're outstanding. We went in march and the weather was beautiful. Inside the castle it can get cold, dress accordingly.
  • The castle is very interesting to visit and explore. It’s incredibly enjoyable to see the various historical periods being present in the same building. Definitely worth the admission price. I highly recommend to buy tickets in advance via their website to avoid huge queues. I know it might be disrespectful to the beauty and importance of the monument itself, but to me the best part was the incredible view of Rome you get from the top of the castle. You can see so much of the city in a clear day, it’s majestic.

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