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Castel Sant'Angelo and Terrace Tour
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Castel Sant'Angelo and Terrace Tour

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  • English
  • 3 hours

The Castel Sant’Angelo also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, erected between 134 and 139 AD, is one of the most interesting landmarks in Rome. Led by an English-speaking guide, you’ll learn about its history.

Itinerary

Meet your guide in front of the entrance to the Castel Sant’Angelo, next to the bridge, and set off on a 3-hour guided tour. You’ll firstly learn about all the sculptures located on the Ponte Sant’Angelo that crosses the city’s main river, the Tiber.

After discovering the history of the bridge and its many beautiful statues, you’ll step inside the Castel Sant’Angelo. While you wander through the fortress’ rooms, your guide, expert in history, will explain the building’s history. The fortress was originally commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a burial chamber for his family and for himself. According to a legend, during the sixth century AD, when Rome was hit by the plague, the mausoleum was visited by the Archangel Michael.

The Castel is famous for its numerous legends and tales, many of which are closely related to the various popes who transformed this building into a Castle. During the tour, you’ll visit several rooms used by the popes, including Pope Clement VII’s bathroom decorated by Raphael’s frescoes.  You’ll climb to the top of the building to the terrace, where you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Vatican City and a great place for selfies.

You’ll also visit the lower floors, where you’ll learn about the secret tunnel to the Vatican, an underground corridor that connects the Holy See and the Castle. Pope Clement VII escaped through the “Passetto di Borgo when the city was attacked by Charles V in 1527. The Castel Sant’Angelo has also inspired several writers and directors, for example, Dan Brown mentions the Castle in his best seller “Angels and Demons”.

The tour will come to an end in front of the Castle.

Important information

This tour does not include the entrance to the Castel. If you wish to visit the landmark, an adult entrance ticket is 15€ and 6€ for students and children aged between 7 and 17 years old. The entrance is free for children under 7 years old. 

Price

Adults Students 18 - 25 years old Children 7 - 17 years old Children less than 7
English Language Tour
$ 45
$ 39
$ 33
Free

English Language Tour

  • Adults

    $ 45
  • Students 18 - 25 years old

    $ 39
  • Children 7 - 17 years old

    $ 33
  • Children less than 7

    Free

More information

Duration

3 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.

Included

English speaking guide.

Not included

Entrance to the Castel (Adults: €15 Students and children: €6)

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Rome).

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • P - How to book?

    R - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

$ 45
No hidden fees or surcharges

Meeting point

Entrance to the Castel Sant'Angelo, next to the bridge.

Cancellations


Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts.
If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

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