Castel Sant'Angelo : Michelin's recommendations
It was originally a monumental mausoleum designed by Hadrian, in 135 A.D., and completed by his successor, Antonius Pius. It consisted of a square base, with 84-m sides, and a 20-m high structure, topping a tumulus. Above the mausoleum, towered a statue of the emperor holding the reins of his quadriga's four horses.It became a fortress as early as 270, when Emperor Aurelian surrounded the city with ramparts. In the Middle Ages, during the merciless struggles opposing the papacy to nobility, the building became a veritable fortified castle. An extra brick level was added above the ancient edifice, while dungeons were built in wall angles. Then, bastions were added. These alterations were all very useful to Clement VII, who had to take refuge there and also fitted in apartments, which were later embellished by Paul III. Then, it became a jail. A spiral ramp will lead you to the main courtyard, also called the Angel courtyard. You can visit Clement VIII's rooms (Apollo Room decorated with "grotesques") during temporary exhibitions. Among the many rooms, try not to miss Clement VII's bathroom, which was admirably decorated by Giovanni da Udine, and is an example of the pope's refined life, in the 16th century. The sumptuous' papal apartment, includes the Amor and Psyche Room. This tale is illustrated by a frieze and is a profane subject indeed... Do not miss the terrace, which offers the most magnificent panorama of the Eternal City !
- Address : Lungotevere Castello 50 I - 00193 Roma00193Roma
- Phone : 06 681 9111
- Website : http://www.pierreci.it
- Prices : 8.50 €
Opening hours :
- daily except Mon 9am-7pm (last admission 6.30pm) - closed 1 Jan, 25 Dec