The Castel Sant'Angelo
The Castel Sant'Angelo is a tomb, Hadrian's Mausoleum. The Roman Emperor built it for himself and his family; their ashes were placed there in 138 AD. Other emperors are also buried there, but the tomb became a fortress in 401 AD; in 410 it was raided and the ashes were scattered. It is likely that Hadrian himself ended up in St. Peter's where a lot of the finest ornamentation of the mausoleum and other Roman buildings were taken. It was named Castel Sant'Angelo after 590 AD when the Archangel Michael is said to have appeared on top of the building, signifying the end of the plague. From the 14th century, the popes turned the place into a residential castle, connecting it with St. Peter's by a fortified corridor. Since 1925, it has been a museum. The complex maze of rooms and corridors now house beautiful furnishings, paintings, sculptures, archaeological finds and historic weapons.
Entry fees are additional and are to be paid by the client at the site.
Clients may either travel with the guide to the start of the tour
by taxi (to be paid directly by the client),
by private transfer : Transfer between center hotel and the start of any Rome city tour (each way)
add a private driver for the entire tour at an additional charge (car disposal).