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5 historical facts about the Mausoleum of Hadrian

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!

It has served several functions

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!

It was based on the Mausoleum of Augustus

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.

It was fortified by the Emperor Aurelian

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.

The royal remains were lost to invading Visigoths

Barely a decade after its fortification, the Visigoths pillaged the mausoleum and emptied many of the funerary urns during the 410 sacking of Rome.

Its alias refers to a fanstastic legend

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!

Castel Sant'Angelo: Our Tips

What are the opening times?

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!

How to get there?

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.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    9:00AM to 7:00PM, April to September. 9:00AM to 2:00PM in the off-season.
  • What is the price?
    Adult tickets are just €10.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    This attraction is located close to the Vatican and can be reached by bus route 40, or metro line A to Lepanto station.
  • Additional tips
    *Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month!

What People Are Saying About Castel Sant'Angelo

A great experience that's well worth doing

A great Segway experience with Olef. Taught us to ride the Segway then expertly guided us around the amazing city of Rome. His knowledge of Rome is to be applauded and his delivery was great too. A really great and fun way to see thus amazing city.

A fun, different take on viewing the magnificent artwork in Rome.

We had a very enjoyable tour of the various Bernini statues and locations mentioned in the Angels and Demons book. Our tour began with a rain, lightening and thunder which just added to the mood. Our guide Demitri was very entertaining and extremely knowledgable about all the locations and the artwork. He was able to add a lot more to the tour than just being confined to the content of the book, many of the back stories were fascinating. Would definitely recommend this tour.

Great informations and great humor-fantastic tour guide

Many,many great informations beside the book story,about italians and history of rome We were seized from mikes south californian accent and his engagement and power from the first to the last second. Book mike,you will not regret it!

Guide Roberto made this tour come to life

This tour is a must for any Dan Brown fan. But our exceptional guide made it magical even for someone like me who had not read the book or seen the film. His knowledge, performance skills and sense of fun made this the best tour I've ever been on!!!! Bravo Roberto!!

Excellent - especially help with wheelchair!

Enjoyed being able to travel easily between sights. Your staff were all first class in assisting with my husband who is a permanent wheelchair user. Thank you for making our holiday so enjoyable.
Rome: Hop-On and Hop-Off Big Bus Sightseeing Ticket Reviewed by Dorothy, 09/20/2016

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