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Via Vittorio Veneto, 191  Rome  00187  Italy 

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Visitor's Guide: Rome

Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo

Roman Landmark
  • Neighborhood: Vaticano - Borgo
  • Category: Local History & Culture
  • Hours: Tu to Su from 09:00 AM to 07:30 PM
  • Accessible for persons with disabilities: yes

Description

The splendid fortress of Castel Sant'Angelo was originally built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian in 139 CE. In the 10th Century CE it was transformed into a castle, then, 500 years later, into the elegant residence of Pope Alexander VI Borgia. Michelangelo designed the marvelous main court for Pope Leo X and many of the rooms inside are decorated with frescoes of great beauty. It is also been used to house prisoners, including the sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. The terrace offers a fine view of the river Tiber and opera lovers will know that this was where the final act of Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca (1900) took place. The building is now a museum with a fine collection of suits of armor which is open to the public.

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