Planning a vacation to Rome? Then you will probably visit the Colosseum, Vatican, St Peters and… Castel Sant Angelo in Rome! Yes, this historic gem should not be forgotten! Not far from the Vatican and all its big attractions, located on the right bank of the Tiber River, this historic landmark was initially built in the 2nd century for the Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum or a tomb for him and his family, and was called the Mausoleum of Hadrian.
Later it was turned into a castle that Popes used for refuge since it had a direct underground passageway to the Vatican. This castle was the tallest building in Rome. Today this building is a national museum, where you will visit a treasury room inside the building with the urns containing the ashes of Hadrian, his wife Sabina, and his children. A Baroque statue of the Passion of Christ is an art work that you shouldn’t miss when you’re there.
Visiting the Castel Sant Angelo in Rome – here’s what you need to know
The place went through lots of battles, and one of the most important remains of the tomb is located in Saint Peter’s Basilica and is a capstone of a funerary urn. The name of the castle comes from a legend; it was believed that the Archangel Michael appeared on the tomb with his sword as a symbol of the plague of 590. This is not the only legend about this castle, but we wouldn’t want to spoil your visit by telling every little detail already now!
Castel Sant’Angelo is a remarkable building from the outside as well as from the inside. The many rooms are decorated with frescoes, long spiraling corridor, and a much darker floors, where they used to have the prison and a torture chamber. Another great feature is the bronze Angel Statue sculpted by Pieter Verschaffelt in the 18th century, located on the top of the fortress.
The nearby attractions surrounding Sant Angelo in Rome are worth your attention as well. In our video guides we have several tips and locations we suggest you to visit in the direct area, so make use of them to get the most out of your visit of this attraction-packed part of the city! We highly recommend you visit the most beautiful bridge in Rome that connects the castle to the city. Also you are close to the Piazza Navona, home of the famous Fontanai Quattro Fiumi built by the greatest sculptor of Rome: Gian Lorenzo Bernini.