Guided tour

Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Group Tour with a Guide

Activity provider: AROUND THE CITY srl

Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Group Tour with a Guide

Activity provider: AROUND THE CITY srl

From US$ 82.27 per person

Explore Castel Sant’Angelo and its magnificent architecture on a guided group tour. Admire the splendid sculptures of the angels, halls, and ramparts while listening to the history of the castle.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Italian, English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Save time with priority entrance and guided Castle Sant’Angelo tour
  • View the Passetto di Borgo hidden tunnel and the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge
  • Explore the castle's halls, walls, and ramparts in its entirety
  • Visit the castle's rooftop terrace to take in the expansive views of Rome
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of Vatican City
Full description
Castel Sant'Angelo, which towers over the Tiber River, is one of Rome's most spectacular vistas. This unique skip-the-line tour will teach you everything there is to know about this former Roman mausoleum that has been transformed into a medieval fortress. Then proceed to the panoramic terrace to view the Bridge of Angels and the city from above after following your guide through the imperial burial site, papal residence, and treasure chamber. A visit to Castel Sant'Angelo will take you in grand splendor through the many eras of Roman history. We examine the massive ramparts and defenses of what was formerly the tomb of Emperor Hadrian dating back to 123 AD. We next ascend the interior helicoidal ramp leading to the room of the urns. Emperors' corpses were kept here, and we cross the drawbridge that was built to make their last resting place nearly impenetrable. The Popes were aware of this stronghold's strategic value. Il Passetto, an elevated passageway between the Castel and Vatican City, will be visible. This corridor, constructed in 1277 for Pope Nicholas III, served as a life-saving escape path for at least two Popes. We then awe at the improvements and refinements done by succeeding Popes to ensure a secure and comfortable period of exile as a critical papal sanctuary. An amazing view of the entire city can be enjoyed from the terrace where the bronze giant statue of the archangel Michael is located. Pieter Antoon Verchaffelt created the monument as a tribute to pope Gregory the Great's vision of the end of the plague in Rome in 590. A series of 10 sculptures depicting angels carrying the emblems of the Passion, an idea by Bernini fulfilled by its disciples, can be seen in the Sant'Angelo Bridge, one of the most spectacular structures of baroque Rome, which is located opposite the castle.
Includes
  • Entrance - Castel Sant'Angelo
  • 2 hours of Guided Tour
  • A local professional guide
  • Headphones to hear the guide clearly if needed
  • Transportation to / from attractions
  • Food and beverages
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide with an "AROUND THE CITY" sign in front of the main entrance 15 minutes before the chosen time. We will start with Ponte Sant' Angelo (the Sant' Angelo Bridge) as well as the little inside courtyard where executions used to take place. Following that, you will enter this amazing castle.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Moderate fitness level required
  • You will skip the long ticket lines, but have to go through security, generally a 5–10-minute wait
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Visita estremamente interessante e coinvolgente, grazie a Valentina, guida preparatissima e simpaticissima.

October 29, 2022

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