"Castel Sant'Angelo" Castel Sant'Angelo Tip by Willettsworld

Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome: 146 reviews and 289 photos

The massive fortress of Castel Sant'Angelo takes it's name from the vision of the Archangel Michael by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th century as he led a procession across the bridge, praying for the end of the plague.

Looking like a large spaceship has just landed, the castle began life in AD 139 as the Emperor Hadrain's mausoleum. Since then it has been a bridgehead in the Emperor Aurelian's city wall, a medieval citadel and prison, and a place of safety for popes during times of political unrest.

Open: 9am-8pm Tue-Sun. Closed Mondays.

Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00186 Roma, Italy
Directions: Off Piazza Adriana or the St. Angelo Bridge
Phone: +39 06 681 9111
Website: http://www.castelsantangelo.com/

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  • Updated Jul 27, 2005
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