Private tour

St. Angel's Castle: 2-Hour Private Tour

Activity provider: Rome Guides

St. Angel's Castle: 2-Hour Private Tour

Activity provider: Rome Guides

From US$ 103.47 per person

Get up close and explore St. Angel's Castle with the help of an expert, English-speaking guide. Learn about the building which was converted from a fort, to a prison, to offices for the Vatican, while enjoying panoramic views of Rome's historic center.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Private group


  • Learn the unique history of the castle from an expert guide
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Rome from the castle's terrace
  • Visit the apartment of Pope Paul III
  • Learn the history of the famous "Passetto"
Full description
Meet your guide at the entrance of the castle and embark on a historical journey starting in the 3rd Century A.D., when the castle was built as a  Mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian. Through stories and fun facts, learn how the castle later became a fortress in the Middle Ages and was then turned into a prison, offices of the Vatican Treasury and Archive, and finally into the residence of the Popes during the Renaissance. Discover the stories of Alexander the Great in the Hall of Paolina and uncover the myth of the Greek hero, Persus, in the Hall of Persus. Admire the collection of ancient arms, marbles, ceramics, and sculptures and stroll through the painting gallery with works by Carlo Crivelli, Luca Signorelli, and Dosso Dossifrom.  Learn about the famous Passetto, the hidden path used by the Popes to escape the castle when the Vatican was under attack, and visit the apartment of Pope Paul III. Take in views of the historical center from the castle's terrace and learn about the castle's role in famous movies.  At the end of the tour, you will have the option of staying in the castle to continue exploring at your own pace.
  • Entry tickets
  • Guide
  • Private tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Private transportation
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Please arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. Your guide will wait for you in front of the entrance of the Castle holding a sign with the name of the tour.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Entry tickets are included in the price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

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Exciting experience! Superlative guide: indisputable preparation that combined with an overwhelming sympathy has transformed this tour into an interactive visit that thrilled for 2 hours !! Not only historical data and news but also lots of info and curiosities about the various historical periods covered! Highly recommended!

October 7, 2021

Private tour with my two teens. Enjoyed the beautiful views.

July 15, 2021

Vincenzo è stato spettacolare. Gentile, colto e avvincente. Consigliatissimo tour, tante cose non le studi nemmeno sui libri e lui ha saputo renderle interessanti e coinvolgenti.

November 3, 2022


Product ID: 355930