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“Some of the best views of Rome”

Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Museum is divided into four sections, the history of Castel Sant'Angelo is illustrated by vintage prints, scenic views and interesting reconstructions ideals of the monument, as suggested by the imagination of artists and architects of the Renaissance, from its construction until the nineteenth century, in a path that highlights the intense and ongoing.
Reviewed 12 April 2012

The castle terrace offers some of the best views of Rome. We visited the St.Peter's cathedral dome in the morning and were disappointed with the view with the exception of Vatican just below it. Castello Sant'Angelo offers a good panoramic view of both St.Peter and some sights of the historic center of Rome (at a distance). I suppose view from the Monument of Vittorio Emmanuelle could be better due to it's proximity to the main historical sites.
With the exception of Hadrian's mausoleum (including the ramp) which was impressive, the rest of the castle (PApal Apartments) is just OK.
Small cafe on the lower terrace.

Entry price 10 EUR

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Reviewed 12 April 2012

The view from the top of the castle is nice but 10 euro entrance fee per person is a rip-off. We visited just before the rain and the top of the building was very windy and cold. There is not much items or museums in the castle so you will be out after half an hour or so. There was a small cupid and psyche exhibition when we got there. There are also some armors and items from past nothing more.

The view of the castle across the river and bridges is very beautiful.

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Reviewed 11 April 2012

If you haven’t been to Castel Sant'Angelo (Hadrian’s Mausoleum 139 AD) at sunset you’re missing a really spectacular sight!

We arrived at the Castel, a towering cylindrical building on the right bank, across the Tiber about an hour before sunset. Perfect timing!

We made our way up to the floor just below the top level. There you’ll find the most delightful, peaceful setting where you can have a glass of wine under vine-covered arbors – and arches overlooking the Tiber and all of Rome! (There’s a small “deli” there where you can find wine, cheese and appetizers.)

This is one of our favorite memories of our trip to Rome -- and it was way cool! We sat back at one of the tables in the arches, sipping our wine as we watched the sun setting. OMG!

As sunset progressed, we went to the top of the Castel and took pictures of Rome’s city lights in one direction and turned around to take glorious pictures of St Peter’s in the setting sun! We also some great photos of people in the glowing golden light of the bridge. WOW!

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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Different layers of history in this building. From the ancient rome where it was Hadrian grave to the pope residence. Nice view over the Vatican.

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Castel St'Angelo is Hadrian's tomb-turned prison/fortress. It's a huge, round structure outside of the old city walls, across the Tiber River. We walked the perimeter, traced the steps of Hadrian's funeral procession, and saw where the ashes of emperors were once kept. After being used as Hadrian's tomb, the building became a safe haven for threatened popes, so we got the chance torummage through the papal apartments and the Vatican treasure room.

Views from the top of Castel St'Angelo are AMAZING. (You can walk the whole perimeter on lower levels, and the very top is an open-air space.) There is also a cafe on one of the upper floors. We couldn't resist stopping for an (overpriced) espresso and watching the sun set behind St. Peter's dome. It ended up being very romantic and one of my favorite memories from our trip! Afterwards, we took amazing shots of the Rome skyline, lit afire by the setting sun, from the Pont de St'Angelo.

Highly recommended.

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