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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  • This classic, although there is no small pieces of art or collection, but the magnificent theme of architecture, and the vodka flowed of the secret Lane, let me experience the shock of an ancient castle. There is a restaurant inside the castle, visitors can rest and eat, perfect combination without vainly disobey feeling. This is one of the most perfect experiences we've ever known. If it is with children, super recommended. It's not like a museum, there's no artwork, and kids don't understand the still-moving artwork, but what it's like to be able to experience the defensive castle firsthand. Families with children are highly recommended.
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  • Markets bringing in small places where statues and views mingle. Then again stairs to admire the parts of the Castle. A space dedicated to weapons and armor and last staircase to the roof just beautiful.
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  • Visited this since it was close to the Vatican, and we were there. The museum itself doesn't have much of interest, it's the castle itself and how it was modified thru time that I found interesting. A...  more »
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  • A beautiful castle with the best view of Rome from its rooftop! You can see the Colosseum and the Vatican from there. I expected the museum portion to be a bit larger, but what you're really paying for with the entry ticket is the chance to explore the castle itself. I enjoyed my time here, despite the thunderstorm going on outside. You definitely do not need to wait in line as the line was short. It took me the better part of ten minutes to get in. Not bad! Be warned that this museum is definitely not wheelchair friendly. I would not even recommended it if you have a difficult time walking, as steps are often uneven, the area is poorly lit, and rain can make the ground slippery. There are also many steep walks.
  • Amazing place full of a rich history. Entry is a reasonable price especially if you're an EU student, and what you get to see for what you pay is incredible. The building is huge and you could easily spend a whole day exploring each room in depth. Just be ready for a long haul visit when you arrive as there aren't many places to pick up refreshments, apart from a very well placed cafe half way through the museums guided route. The roof is especially grand as it offer you an excellent view across all of Rome. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting the Ancient city. The place is truly remarkable and if you stop to read the signs it can prove incredibly educational, offering you an insight into the various ages of Rome's history.
  • I enjoyed this place as much as any of the more popular spots. Many excellent photo ops. Nice little cafe on top. A nice, small museum with artifacts. Really enjoyed it top to bottom. Best part was they regulated the number of visitors which meant we had plenty of room to walk and take pics sans photo bombs.
  • Fantastic example of medieval castles. Very well preserved. This castle went through several iterations of use, from emperor's tomb to impregnable fortress, to prison, to army barracks, then Pope's residence, and finally a museum. It was always well maintained as a result. Inside, you will see many examples of armor and weapons from medieval to renaissance era. To top it all off, there is a very cute cafe on top levels and the rooftop allows for unparalleled views of Rome at almost 360 degrees. Highly recommended for a visit.
  • Hadrian's mausoleum, well worth the entrance fee. It originally had trees tethered to it roof with a chariot and horses atop.It has had many uses , which ironically kept it in good shape. Beautiful rooms. Good in age in English. Smashing views over the Tiber and St Peter's.
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