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Rome Castel Sant'Angelo Tickets: how to buy, prices and schedules

One of the most enigmatic places in Rome is the Castel Sant'Angelo. Dare to discover it inside and learn about its history.

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

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Rome Castel Sant'Angelo Tickets: how to buy, prices and schedules

Views of the Castel Sant'Angelo from the outside | ©Michele Bitetto

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Rome Castel Sant'Angelo Tickets

St'Angelo's Castle ticket at the best price

If you want to go inside the castle to get to know its interior spending the minimum and having the freedom to explore it at your own pace, this is the best option.

tickets to Castel Sant'Angelo. These include an audio guide, which you can download to your cell phone and will help you orient yourself during the visit, and have the great advantage of allowing you to skip the entrance queue, for a price of $ 30 Although you will not have the professional narration of a guide, it is possible to make this visit entirely on your own: the main itinerary is marked and if you use the audio guide it is difficult to miss the most important places of the fortress.

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Rome Castel Sant'Angelo Guided Tour

Visit St'Angelo Castle with a specialized guide

Perfect if you want to discover inside the best kept secrets of this castle, its history and legends with an expert local guide.

Duration: 2 hours
Ponte Sant'Angelo, which you will cross in the company of your guide to reach the castle that rises in front of you, stopping to admire the statues of angels resting on both sides of the bridge. Before entering the fortress, you will see the secret tunnel that connects Castel Sant'Angelo to the Vatican, and the wall that guards it. Once inside the castle, the tour of Castel Sant'Angelo will take you on a journey in which you will discover the evolution of the building from its construction to the present day, passing through different historical stages during which Castel Sant'Angelo served as tomb, prison, and papal refuge.I recommend it if... you are especially interested in learning about the history of Castel Sant'Angelo. In my experience, a guided visit is always more interesting than a tour on your own, and understanding the importance of a place is the first step to admiring it ---.## How to buy tickets online
Detail of Castel Sant'Angelo| ©Michele Bitetto
Detail of Castel Sant'Angelo| ©Michele Bitetto

My recommendation is to buy your tickets online and in advance whenever you can. You will save hours of queuing at the entrance and you will be able to compare prices, availability and schedules. This advice applies to any ticket you have to buy for a visit during your trip, because in my opinion the advantage of not waiting and to ensure access are two very considerable advantages.

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Buy tickets for the Castel Sant'Angelo at the box office

Castel Sant'Angelo| ©David Edkins
Castel Sant'Angelo| ©David Edkins

If you are one of those people who travel without a fixed plan, you can also buy your tickets for the Castel Sant'Angelo at the ticket office itself. The disadvantages are the same as always: you will have to wait in line, which depending on the time of year can make you lose a good part of your day, and the price will not always be cheaper. The general admission is 10 €, reduced to 5 € if you are a European citizen between 18 and 25 years old. Children under 18 are free, and on the first Sunday of each month the entrance to the castle is free for all visitors.

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Opening hours and days

Statue of the Archangel Michael| ©Frielp
Statue of the Archangel Michael| ©Frielp

You can visit the Castel Sant'Angelo every day of the week from 9:00 to 19:30. Much of the interest of this building lies in its panoramic views of Rome from the terrace, so it may be a good idea to coincide the end of the visit with sunset.

Alex's Traveller Tip

The views of the Tiber River, Ponte Sant'Angelo, and St. Peter's Basilica from the terrace of Castel Sant'Angelo are beautiful at sunset, so I recommend you make the visit in the late afternoon.

How to get to Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo from the bridge| ©Northfielder
Castel Sant'Angelo from the bridge| ©Northfielder

This historic building is within walking distance of the Vatican. To go by metro, the closest stations are Lepanto and Ottaviano, and you have plenty of buses that stop within walking distance: 62, 23, 271, 271, 982, 280, 40, and 34, to name a few of the main lines.## Tips to visit the Castel Sant'Angelo

View of the Vatican from Castel Sant'Angelo| ©Sonse
View of the Vatican from Castel Sant'Angelo| ©Sonse

If you want to visit more attractions, purchase the Roma Pass

If you were thinking of buying the Roma Pass, you will be interested to know that the entrance with audio guide and without queues is included in this tourist pass. I recommend you to take advantage of the pass and visit the Castle, as in my opinion it is one of the most interesting entrances it offers.### Use the online audio guide
Remember to bring your cell phone if you buy the ticket online, as well as being easier to present the ticket at the ticket office you will need it to take the audio guide, which you can listen to through an app.### What to bring
The castle is not a place of religious worship, so unlike the vast majority of major buildings in Rome you won't have a dress code to respect. However, I recommend you wear sneakers with good soles and be careful on the steps and some of the walkways as they can be a bit slippery.### Be prepared for a relaxing visit
Of all the tourist sites in Rome, Castel Sant'Angelo is not one of the most visited due to the sheer number of interesting sites in the city. This means that, with a bit of luck, your tour of the building will be fairly quiet and uncrowded, making it the perfect experience for a slightly more relaxing day on your trip to Rome.

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What you will see at the Castel Sant'Angelo

Sant'Angelo Bridge| ©Abir Anwar
Sant'Angelo Bridge| ©Abir Anwar

In case you buy the ticket for this historic building and prepare the visit on your own, here is the itinerary of the Castel Sant'Angelo, marked with informative panels and led by the audio guide. On the guided tour, you will follow a similar route.### The bastions
During the siege of Rome in 1527 by the troops of Charles I, Pope Clement VII used the Castel Sant'Angelo as a refuge. In the bastions still rest the cannons that defended the fortress from what is known as the 'sack of Rome', and you can walk around them while admiring magnificent views of the Vatican.### The walkway
The so-called 'Il passetto di Borgo' is the wall that connects the Vatican with Castel Sant'Angelo. Inside, it hides a passage through which the Pope could move to the fortress from the Vatican in case of an assault. The entrance to the passage is sometimes open to the public, mainly in summer, but most likely you will have to settle for seeing it from the outside.### Hadrian's mausoleum
Little remains of the splendor of this room, which used to be lined with huge marble slabs, and where the ashes of **Emperor Hadrian'**s family were kept. Later in its history, it became a prison cell where today there is a somewhat eerie atmosphere.### Angel's Courtyard
The marble sculpture of the Archangel Michael that is preserved today in this courtyard is the one that originally crowned the Castel Sant'Angelo, and the one that gave the fortress its name. It was sculpted to commemorate the vision that Pope Gregory had at the top of the castle, in which he saw the Archangel appear to announce the end of the plague that was ravaging Rome at the end of the 6th century.### Papal apartments
Here you will find the most interesting rooms of the Castle, decorated with Renaissance frescoes by artists of the school of Raphael and where it is possible to imagine the luxury dedicated to the Pope's residences to which they would retreat in case of danger.

Some of the most impressive rooms are the Sala d'Apollo, the Sala Paolina, the Sala dei Festoni, the Library, and the Sala del Perseo, each with frescoes and decorations befitting its name and with their respective courtyards and terraces, which offer a view of the outside framed by colonnades and arches and from where you can take some magnificent photos.### The upper terrace
One of the highlights of the visit to Castel Sant'Angelo. From here, you will have views of the most emblematic sites of the city and you will be able to appreciate details of the basilica and the dome of St. Peter's that cannot be seen from elsewhere. Here you will also find the statue dedicated to the Archangel Michael, which crowns the castle and is visible from afar.

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Other experiences that may also interest you

If you have not yet booked a general tour of Rome, let me tell you that it is one of the best experiences to get to know the city in the first days of your trip, and then explore it on your own. I recommend you to stop by here: Best Rome ToursAnd before you book your Vatican tickets anywhere, here is a complete guide on how to buy them online at the best price and with a few tips that will enhance your visit: Vatican Museum Tickets: how to buy, prices and discountsFinally, keep in mind that Castel Sant'Angelo is in the area of St. Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, so if you are thinking about how to plan the day after a visit to any of these places I recommend you to take the tour of this imperial mausoleum.