The Colosseum
Tourist and historical information about the Basilica of Saint Peter and the Vatican Museums.

Information about the Basilica of Saint Peter and the Vatican Museums
Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel Opening hours 2024
  • from Monday to Saturday: 8.00am - 7.00pm (last admission 6.00pm)
  • From March 1st: Friday and Saturday until 8.00 pm (last admission 5.00 pm)
  • last Sunday of the month: 9.00 - 14.00 (last admission 12.30)

    Closing days in the 2024: every Sunday of the month except the last
    Other closing days: January 6, March 19, April 1, May 1, June 29, August 14 and 15, November 1, December 25 and 26

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    Sant'Angelo castelBuilt around 123 d.C. As a sepulcher for Emperor Hadrian and his family, Castel Sant'Angelo accompanies for almost two thousand years the fate and history of Rome.
    From a fortified foremost funerary monument, from a dark and terrible jail to a splendid Renaissance home that is active in its Michelangelo walls, from the Risorgimento Prison to the current museum.
    The remains of the original mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian are well visible in the lower partitions of the building. The large travertine blocks that cover the walls clearly show the holes of the metal grapples that anchored the Roman marble coating.
    The transformation of the building from a funerary monument to a fortified outpost is about 271 dC. When, under the Emperor Aurelian, he was adapted to the fortress and became definitive in 403 with the inclusion of the building in the Aurelian walls.
    It was Pope Niccolò V, about 1450, to furnish the castle of a real apartment and, fifty years later, Pope Borgia ordered the construction of a new, luxurious apartment with gardens and fountains and decorated by Pinturicchio.
    From the 17th century Castel Sant'Angelo seems to gradually lose the role of residence to form itself almost exclusively as a prison; Carbonari and patriots consume their days of imprisonment between these walls, until at least September 20, 1870, when Rome was proclaimed the capital of the young Kingdom of Italy.
    Then, in the wide boulevards of the Lungotevere, two bastions of the pentagonal wall are cut down; the moats that run around the building are buried; some buildings of Pope Urban VIII are grounded; Also causes the contemporary rise of the road level, the height of the facade of the castle is considerably reduced.
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    Omnia Card for Rome & Vatican CityThis is the card that guarantees skip-the-line access to all major Vatican locations in Rome:
    Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica (with audio guide), St. Paul's Basilica outside the walls, Mamertine Prison and, with the 72h card, Basilica and Cloister of San Giovanni in Laterano.
    In addition, the Omnia Card also thinks about transport and, in addition to all the routes on the Vatican & Rome Open Bus circuit, it also includes free use of public transport in Rome (only the 72h card).

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