National Museum of Castel Saint Angelo
The Monument of Castel Sant'Angelo, or Hadrian's Mausoleum, is located on the right bank of the Tiber, opposite the Ponte Sant’Angelo and not far from the Vatican.
Castel Sant’Angelo had an atypical destiny in the historical-artistic panorama of Rome. Built around 123 A.D. as a sepulcher for the emperor Hadrian and his family, while all the other monuments of the Roman era are overwhelmed, reduced to ruins or quarries of bare materials to be recycled in new, modern buildings, Castel Sant'Angelo - through an uninterrupted series of developments and transformations that seem to slide seamlessly into each other - accompanying the fortunes and history of Rome for almost two thousand years.
From a funerary monument to a fortified outpost, from a dark and terrible prison to a splendid Renaissance residence that sees Michelangelo active within its walls, from a Risorgimento prison to a museum, Castel Sant'Angelo embodies in the solemn Roman spaces, in the mighty walls, in the sumptuous frescoed rooms, the events of the Eternal City where past and present appear inextricably linked.
Since its establishment in 1925, Castel Sant'Angelo has undergone numerous transformations and interventions, establishing itself in the Capitoline cultural reality as an active pole, able to catalyze the interest of the millions of visitors who flock to its spaces every year to visit its evocative rooms, admire the precious collections of paintings and artifacts, enjoy the numerous temporary exhibitions that take place inside the Castle throughout the year.