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Activities in Rome

Vatican City Free Tour

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On our Vatican City Free Tour, you'll discover the secrets hidden in St. Peter's Square and Castel Sant'Angelo. You'll see numerous breathtaking cultural and religious monuments as you walk around the world's smallest state. 

On our Vatican City Free Tour, you'll discover the secrets hidden in St. Peter's Square and Castel Sant'Angelo. You'll see numerous breathtaking cultural and religious monuments as you walk around the world's smallest state. 

Vatican City Free Tour

At 9 am we'll meet at Viale Giulio Cesare and start our Vatican City Free Tour. We'll discover how the city arose on the banks of the Tiber River, the links that exist between the Sant'Angelo Castle and the Pope, and many other interesting historical details. 

We'll first skirt the walls that separate Rome from the Vatican, cross the Piazza del Risorgimento and head towards Borgo Pio. The roads through this small, medieval-style neighbourhood will lead us to the outsides of the Sant'Angelo Castle. We'll discuss the origins of this fortress, which was originally built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family, and its unique details such as the striking statue of an angel which crowns the building. 

Our next stop will be the entrance of the Passeto di Borgo, the secret passageway built by the Vatican in 1277 so the Pope could travel from his residence to Castel Sant'Angelo undetected. You may remember Tom Hanks walking through it in the film Angels and Demons

After visiting the Passeto di Borgo, we'll head to the famous St. Peter's Square. This colossal plaza was designed by the architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini and is considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world. 

The last place we'll see on our tour will be St. Peter's Basilica, where we'll be able to admire its breathtaking façace and impressive dome. We'll talk about the different artists, from Michaelangelo to Bramante, who participated in the construction and design of the Catholic Church's main shrine.

At 10:30 am our tour will end in the Piazza del Risorgimento. 

Groups

On this Vatican City Free Tour, we're unable to accept bookings for more than 6 people. If you are in a larger group, you can book our Private Walking Tour of Rome.

Tours of the Vatican and Castel Sant'Angelo

If you'd like to go inside some of the places you'll see on our free walking tour, you can reserve a guided tour of the Vatican, which includes entry to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. If you're interested in heading inside Emperor Hadrian's mausoleum, we recommend checking out our Castel Sant'Angelo Tour. 

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Price

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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Covid-19 Measures

It is compulsory to display a complete Covid vaccination certificate or a negative PCR or antigen test performed up to 48 hours before. The vaccine must be accepted in the country of activity. Show more

The use of masks is obligatory. Masks will be given to those clients who do not have their own.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

It is mandatory to present a complete vaccination certificate. The vaccine must be accepted in the country of activity.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit).

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Duration

1 hour 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

English speaking guide

When to book?

You can book up until 1 hour before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

Printed material is avoided.

No single-use plastics are used.

The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.

The activity promotes local production.

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Pet-friendly?

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Can children join the tour?

    A - Children must be accompanied by an adult on the tour. The maximum number of children per adult is 3.

  • 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.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free!

Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Where does the activity end?

Viale Giulio Cesare, 229

Piazza del Risorgimento.

Where does the activity end?

Piazza del Risorgimento.