Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Reserved Ticket
- Duration: 1 hour
Few of Ancient Rome's surviving monuments depict the Empire's fall quite as vividly as the Mausoleum of Hadrian. In just 270 years it went from being a symbol of imperial domination to one of military desperation. Here are some points to start your tour!
Built by the Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for his family in 139 AD, it was later used as a fortress and castle, and currently serves as one of Rome's leading museums!
The mausoleum's design was inspired by one constructed for the Emperor Augustus a century earlier. Unfortunately, only the ruins of the earlier building remain.
Most of the building's decorative features were lost in the 5th century when it was incorporated into the Aurelian Wall to defend against the threat of marauding Germanic tribes.
Barely a decade after its fortification, the Visigoths pillaged the mausoleum and emptied many of the funerary urns during the 410 sacking of Rome.
In 590, Pope Gregory I reported seeing an angel sheath its flaming sword on the roof, bringing an end to the city's plague. It's been known as the Castel Sant'Angelo ever since!
From April to September the Mausoleum of Hadrian's opening hours are 9:00AM to 7:00PM. Off-season, you will have to get there early as it closes at 2:00PM. Book tickets in advance to save time queuing!
Located on the banks of the Tiber close to the Vatican, the Mausoleum of Hadrian can be easily reached by bus (route 40 from the main station) and by taking the metro line A to Lepanto station.
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Very good guide, answered questions and took his time to guide us, though quick and not boring. Absolute cool end of the tour was the aperitif on the roof garden restaurant including drinks and snacks while watching the sun set over the St Peter’s Basilica.
Great way (and easy) to see all the main attractions in Rome - it’s a good idea to use this way to see what you will come back to :) The staff is great and all went smoothly.
Tolle Führung durch die Engelsburg. Unsere Römerin war sehr nett und konnte viel über die Geschichte dieser Burg erzählen.
Comprehensive audio guide, interesting route, courteous and attentive staff.
Loved the tour and Robert had great stories to tell.