This visit will take you back to the 123 AD with the History of Saint Angel Castle. Your guide will introduce you to the changes throughout the centuries of this magnificent Castle ever built in Rome.
The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant’Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. The Castel was once the tallest building in Rome.
The tomb of the Roman emperor Hadrian, also called Hadrian’s mole, was erected on the right bank of the Tiber. Originally the mausoleum was a decorated cylinder with a garden top and golden quadriga. Following this, the remains of succeeding emperors were also placed here, the last recorded deposition being Caracalla in 217 AD.
Hadrian also built the Pons Aelius facing straight onto the mausoleum – it still provides a scenic approach from the center of Rome and the right bank of the Tiber, and is renowned for the Baroqueadditions of statues of angels holding aloft elements of the Passion of Christ.
Much of the tomb contents and decorations have been lost since the building’s conversion to a military fortress in 401 and its subsequent inclusion in the Aurelian Walls by Flavius Augustus Honorius.
The popes converted the structure into a castle, beginning in the 14th century; Pope Nicholas III connected the castle to St Peter’s Basilica by a covered fortified corridor called the Passetto di Borgo. The fortress was the refuge of Pope Clement VII from the siege of Charles V’s Landsknechte during the Sack of Rome (1527), in which Benvenuto Cellini describes strolling the ramparts and shooting enemy soldiers.
– Headsets to be able to hear your guide during the visit
– A professional and licensed guide
What’s Not Included:
– Pick Up and Drop Off
– Food or Drinks
– Admission fees for St. Angel Castle
Good to Know:
This tour operates with a maximum of 20 guests.
Please wear good walking shoes.