Castel Sant’Angelo: a palimpsest of memories

Rome, Italy

Tommaso Raschiatore










Human Voice


Travel back in time to explore Hadrian’s cylindrical mausoleum and experience its gradual transformation to a military fortress and a papal residence. Brimming with stories and legends of the famous personalities who lived and died behind its thick walls, Castel Sant’ Angelo has a tumultuous past tied to the history of Rome.


  • The room of Cupid and Psyche

    1. The room of Cupid and Psyche

    Who needs to count sheep to fall asleep in such a beautiful bedroom? When Pope Paul III went to bed the beautiful story of Cupid and Psyche distracted him from his worries and concerns.
  • The statue of the angel

    2. The statue of the angel

    One of the most recognizable features of the castle is the statue of the angel alluding to the miraculous vision of Pope Gregory. It took quite long, though, until the Archangel settled in properly.
  • The Paolina Hall

    3. The Paolina Hall

    A Pope with a profound humanist education and a patron of the arts, Paul III couldn’t have commissioned something less impressive and sumptuous than the richly adorned sala Paolina.

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Tommaso Raschiatore

A classical archaeologist with an MA in Management and Administration at SDA Bocconi. He worked in the most important museums of Rome for three years, protecting, preserving and enhancing the cultural heritage of the city.

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Address Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193, Rome, Italy
Starting point Entrance of Castel St' Angelo
Finishing point Ponte Sant'Angelo, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Areas Τhe Executions Court, the Room of the Urns, the Armeria, the Paolina Hall, the Room of Cupid and Psyche, the Treasure Room, the Cagliostra, the Terrace, Passetto di Borgo, the Statue of the Angel, Sant'Angelo Bridge
Opening hours every day 9.00 - 19.30
Additional admission Full price ticket is 15 euros Reduced price ticket from 18- 25 is 3 euros
Comments Directions to Starting Point: Buses 23, 34, 49, 64, 87, 280, 492, 926 and 990. Bus service 40 (express) from the main railway station

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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