Castel Sant’Angelo: Opening hours and tips for your visit


If you are in Rome, in the area along the Tiber near the castle, it would be a real shame not to cross the beautiful Angeli Bridge to visit the famous Mausoleum of Hadrian, better known as Castel Sant’Angelo.

Opening Times and information

Castel Sant’Angelo is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 to 19.30 but, to avoid unpleasant surprises, it is always good to keep in mind a few things:

  • The ticket office closes at 18:30.
  • The price of the ticket is 10.50 €, excluding additional charges for temporary exhibitions
  • The ticket office does not accept debit or credit cards, so come prepared with cash
  • The price of the reduced ticket is 7.50 € (excluding any surcharges for exhibitions) and can be bought by citizens of the European Union between 18 and 25 years of age and public school teachers.
  • The entrance is free for all citizens of the European Union under 18 years of age, for school children and accompanying teachers, for university students and professors of Architecture, Humanities (specialising in archeology or history of art), Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Education Science, employees of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), tourist guides and interpreters in service, journalists with a valid press card and disabled people with an accompanying person.
  • You can also reserve your ticket online on Castel Sant’Angelo’s website paying 1 € more. This type of booking is recommended for large groups with more than 20 people and, of course, for school visits.
  • Finally… good news: the entrance is free the first Sunday of every month. But, be warned: you might have to wait a while to enter due to a larger-than-usual number of visitors!

Castel Sant’Angelo: opening times during the summer

In summer (from early July to early September) you can also visit the castle in the evening, from 20:30 to 01:00. Keep in mind that the ticket office closes at 24.00. It is a visit that we highly recommend: the atmosphere is incredible, the turnout is lower and it is one of the few occasions in which you can visit the famous passageway: a suspended corridor that connects Castel Sant’Angelo to the Vatican. The view of the Tiber and St. Peter’s dome is breath taking…

Visiting Castel Sant’Angelo:3 Tips worth considering

Here are our recommendations for you, depending on the time you decide to visit Castel Sant’Angelo:

  1. Castel Sant’Angelo in the morning: it is a good idea to start visiting Rome from Castel Sant’Angelo. From here you can easily reach the central piazza di Spagna via a shopping stroll downtown.
  2. Castel Sant’Angelo during lunch: the castle is surrounded by quiet, well-kept gardens. Reserve some of your time to enjoy the peace and quiet; if you have children, they will appreciate it!

Castel Sant’Angelo at night: Castel Sant’Angelo overlooks the best known river in Rome and an evening stroll along the Tiber with the sun setting behind St. Peter’s is something that is worth doing at least once in your lifetime! After that, you can always come and enjoy a pizza at our restaurant!

Castel Sant’Angelo: how to get there

  • BY SUBWAY LINE A: Lepanto stop.
  • BY BUS: 62, 23, 271, 982, 280 (Piazza Pia stop); 40 (Piazza Pia, final stop); 34 (Via di Porta Castello stop); 49, 87, 926, 990 (Piazza Cavour, final stop-Via Crescenzio stop); 64, 46 (Santo Spirito stop)
  • BY CAR: Castel Sant’Angelo is not in a restricted traffic area and the Prati neighbourhood has plenty of parking houses available, being the most practical in Piazza Cavour, which is located 200 meters away from Castel Sant’Angelo
  • FROM RAF: you can reach the castle on foot and enjoy a pleasant digestive walk!

As you can see, you have no excuses!