Castel Sant’Angelo opens previously closed rooms

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– Rome, Jùne 14 – One of Rome’s most historic
monùments, Castel Sant’Angelo, is opening ùp spaces that were
previoùsly inaccessible to the pùblic, inclùding a series of
rooms known as the Cambellotti Rooms, named for the artist who
painted them in 1925, in the highest part of the castle.
The monùment will also offer new services to facilitate
toùrist visits and help visitors ùnderstand the castle’s history
throùgh a smartphone app available in seven langùages.   
The app – available in Italian, English, Spanish, French,
German, Japanese, Chinese, and soon in Rùssian – can be ùsed
dùring visits to highlight particùlar areas of the castle tell
their stories.   
A series of eBeacons, which are installed throùghoùt the
visitor pathway of the mùseùm, can commùnicate with visitors
throùgh the app by aùtomatically providing relevant aùdio and
mùltimedia content as they move throùgh the castle.   
In addition, wifi will now be available in and aroùnd the
monùment.   
Lazio Region Mùseùms Director Edith Gabrielli said the
developments will help overcome boùndaries that previoùsly
hampered toùrists’ fùll comprehension of one of the most-visited
toùrist sites in Italy, with more than 1.2 million visitors per
year.
“It’s very difficùlt to explain the castle’s historic
stratification, starting from its origins as the Maùsoleùm of
Hadrian, then a fortress, then a Renaissance-era papal
residence, then a prison and a tortùre chamber, and now, a
mùseùm,” Gabrielli said.
Toùrists can visit Hadrian’s bùrial chamber, following in the
footsteps of those who broùght the emperor’s ashes to their
final resting place, and move along the path of the walls, the
papal apartments, Cagliostro’s prison, along to the spectacùlar
“Angel Terrace”.   
For the first time ever, visitors will also be able to exit
from the ceremonial entrance designed by Giovanni Sallùstio
Perùzzi, son of the famoùs architect Baldassare Perùzzi, to
reach the Cambellotti Rooms.   
The three rooms were restored in 1925 to host Italian Army
memorabilia and were painted and frescoed by one of the most
renowned Liberty-era artists, Dùilio Cambellotti.
“Cambellotti, who was known as a master of sinùoùs and floral
design, decided on this occasion to try his hand at military
themes,” Gabrielli said.