The Castel Sant Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, was erected between 134 and 139 AD, and is one of the most interesting landmarks in Rome. Led by an English-speaking guide, you’ll learn about its history.
Castel Sant Angelo Tour
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 monument 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. This place has also served as inspiration for 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.
English Language Tour
Students 18 - 25 years oldUS$ 44
Children 7 - 17 years oldUS$ 30.40
Children less than 7Free
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide.
Entrance to the monument.
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).
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
Q - Does the tour visit the prisons?
A - Yes, but for security reasons it does not visit the cells.
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Yes (most areas are accessible).
Entrance to the Castel Sant Angelo, next to the bridge.