Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Uncover the secrets within the walls of the Castel Sant'Angelo, a historic mausoleum that's now a museum on the Tiber River's right bank. Explore one of the lesser-known gems of Rome with fast-track entry tickets and enjoy views of the city from above. Upgrade your visit to include an audio guide.  Skip the lines and walk inside to browse through the artifacts that narrate the building's many transformations. First erected to be a monumental tomb, then a fortress during the medieval ages, and a defensive post for barbarian invasions, the castle will offer you new insights into Roman history. Explore the 5 floors of the museum heading towards a spiral ramp, then see the cells and the rooms that served as a Papal residence, as well as a chamber of ashes where you can marvel at the remains of iconic Roman characters and frescoes preserved perfectly. End this informative trip on the Castle’s astonishing roof terrace and have a picturesque view of the whole city. Be prepared to spot Vatican City, the Tiber River, and the famous Bridge of Angels.

Rome: Castel Sant’ Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audio Guide

2. Rome: Castel Sant’ Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audio Guide

Experience the Mausoleum of Hadrian at Castel Sant’ Angelo with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Explore the mausoleum at your own pace and enjoy a captivating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Receive your ticket by email and download the app and audio tour onto your phone, prior to your visit. Head to Castel Sant’ Angelo and step back in time as you put in your headphones. Relive the glory of Emperor Hadrian’s cylindrical mausoleum. Gaze upon the frescos that line the Sala Paolina room. Discover uncommon anecdotes from ancient times and historical information with your audio guide that has been put together from in-depth research.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Tour with Fast-Track Access

3. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Tour with Fast-Track Access

Skip the lines at the Castel Sant'Angelo to set off on a guided tour. Enter the castle with skip-the-line access and learn about its history from your guide. Explore the famous castle that was erected by Emperor Hadrian to be his tomb. See how the building was also used by popes as their private residence, as the state treasury, as a prison, and as a location for public executions throughout its history. Have the chance to discover the rich history of the castle and its magnificent architecture and paintings. Be introduced to the emperor's burial place, the papal apartment, and treasury room. Admire the beautiful angel sculptures along the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge, also known as the Bridge of Angels. Finish off the incredible experience with a panoramic view from the castle's terrace and take stunning photos of the city.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Priority Entrance

4. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Priority Entrance

Discover the history of this mausoleum-turned-museum with skip-the-line, hosted access. Located on the right bank of the Tiber only a short distance from the Vatican City, the Castel Sant'Angelo is an ancient fortress with centuries of history. Explore the museum's seven floors to discover an extensive collection of ancient artifacts and perfectly preserved frescoes from the Renaissance period. Built in 135 AD for the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the building has played an important part in Rome’s architectural history. Climb the spiral staircase to reach the Chamber of Ashes where a number of historical figures were incarcerated, before continuing up to visit the Papal Residence. Immerse yourself in the stories of each different room as you admire the art within. Finish your experience with a panoramic view over Rome and the River Tiber from the castle terrace. A great opportunity to take some photos of the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge, also known as the Bridge of Angels.

Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

5. Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and unique experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass. It’s actually 2 passes rolled into one. Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all top sights in Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. You will also receive a free guidebook and map to help you plan your itinerary as well as dedicated itineraries that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. The OMNIA Card includes: • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio-guide • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica including multilingual audio-guide app - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Carcer Tullianum / Mamertine Prison (St Peter's Prison) - advanced reservations required (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Vox City Guide app • Open Bus Vatican and Rome The Roma Pass includes free admission to 2 of the following attractions (adult tickets only): • Capitoline Museums • Castel Sant'Angelo • The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Borghese Gallery - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) It also includes price reductions to many museums and attractions, including the following: Museums: • Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps • National Roman Museum – Crypta Balbi • National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian • National Gallery in Palazzo Barberini • Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia • Musei Capitolini • Centrale Montemartini • National Museum of Oriental Art • MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma • MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts • Planetarium and astronomical museum Attractions: • Trajan's Market • Palazzo Valentini – Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane • Ara Pacis Roma Cristiana Open Bus Tour. This panoramic hop-on hop-off bus tour stops at: 1. Saint Peter's Basilica 2. Piazza Navona 3. Santa Maria ad Martyres Pantheon 4. Santa Maria in Aracoeli 5. Termini Central Station 6. Santa Maria Maggiore 7. San Giovanni - Holy Stairs 8. Colosseum - Roman Forum 9. Circus Maximus 10. Tiber Island 11. Palazzo Farnese

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

6. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colosseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and majestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” on foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Some of the locations you can see on the tour route include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

Rome On Your Own: Bus Transfer from Civitavecchia

7. Rome On Your Own: Bus Transfer from Civitavecchia

See the sights of Rome at your own pace with a round-trip transfer from the cruise terminal at Civitavecchia, and get 8 hours to explore the "Eternal City" according to your own interests. Upon arrival in the city center you are free to visit the sites that interest you the most. Go to the Basilica of St. Peter's in the Vatican City and marvel at works of art by Michelangelo and others. Visit the Mausoleum of Hadrian at the Castel Sant' Angelo or discover the temple to all gods at the immaculately-preserved Pantheon. Follow in the footsteps of famous poets at the Spanish Steps, and marvel at the architecture of Piazza Navona, built over the Stadium of Domitian. Discover the highlights of Ancient Rome, such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and much more. Alternatively, spend the day shopping or enjoying lunch in sought-after neighborhoods such as Trastevere. Travel by modern, air-conditioned coach and benefit from the services of an assistant who will be happy to give you tips on how to reach places as fast as possible. Upon arrival in Rome, get dropped off on Via Lungotevere Marzio "Zanardelli", on the opposite side of the bridge from where the Justice Palace, Palazzaccio, stands.

Rome: Secrets Beneath Castel Sant'Angelo Guided Tour

8. Rome: Secrets Beneath Castel Sant'Angelo Guided Tour

Take part in a small group tour led by a professional guide to admire some areas of the Castel Sant'Angelo that aren’t normally available, such as the Olearie, the historical prisons, and the theater of Clemente VII. Use your skip-the-line entry ticket to save time and begin your 2-hour guided tour of the famous castle erected by the Roman emperor Hadrian as his tomb. Uncover how the building has served as a private residence to popes, a treasury of the state, a prison, and a public execution site. Discover the rich history behind the castle and marvel at its magnificent sculptures and paintings. See the burial place of the late emperor, the pope’s apartment, and the treasury room. End your incredible experience with a panoramic views over the city from the castle's terrace.

Rome: Ghostly Nighttime Walking Tour

9. Rome: Ghostly Nighttime Walking Tour

Join this nighttime tour to discover the eerie tales that Rome would rather forget. Follow your guide on this scary stroll as you hear tales of emperors, Popes, and artists. See how, as the night approaches, another side of Rome emerges, one that is more dark and sinister. Soak in the spooky atmosphere of dark while discovering the spine-chilling stories of Rome's most famous ghosts, gruesome executions, and murders. With over 2000 years of history, Rome is made up of streets and corners packed with ghostly stories from its haunted past. Experience Rome in a different way as we visit some of the city's major monuments, churches, and prisons that are sure to leave you even more fascinated by this iconic place.

Haunted Rome Walking Tour

10. Haunted Rome Walking Tour

Take a walk on the creepy side with this fascinating tour of Rome’s spookiest places. Together with an experienced guide, you’ll unearth some of the Eternal City’s darkest secrets, discover the ghost stories of landmarks such as the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Castel Sant’Angelo, and come face to face with the skeletal remains of some of Rome’s previous residents at the Capuchin Crypt. This walking tour is an intriguing dive into Rome’s long and twisted history. Visit the Capuchin Crypt and descend deep underground to see a side of Rome that you’ve never seen before. The tour continues above ground with a walk through Rome’s cobbled streets to reach the Pantheon where demons were said to roam free, looking for innocent souls to tempt. See the Piazza Navona a beautiful Baroque square known for its stunning architecture and dazzling fountains, as well as the ghosts that haunt the palaces facing the square.

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What people are saying about Castel Sant'Angelo

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This was probably one of my favorite tours of them all. It was a small group (which I loved) and the stories I learned on this tour really helped impact the way that I see Rome. So many people want to talk about all of the amazing things that have been accomplished, so you don't often hear about the darker side of things. My tour guide was incredible. I absolutely loved the way she would tell the stories. I have re-told her stories many times since I have returned home. Do not miss this tour!

We had Luisa as our tour guide, she was brilliant! Not only did she go through the story of the Dan Brown movie but she gave us a history tour to! Her knowledge of the history of Rome is unbelievable, she gave us an unforgettable experience! As we have walked round Rome since our tour we can hear Luisa's insitght into the area and remembering the great time we had with her! Thank you again for such a great afternoon!

we had Samira for our shoot, i booked it for me and my partners engagement, Samira was very friendly and took great care selecting locations and poses, the end result was amazing and memories we will have forever, cannot thank Samira enough for being so thoughtful and having such a good eye.

Excellent tour! The guide Serena was friendly and open to every suggestion we made. She was able to recreate both the antique and the modern Rome. I highly recommend her to all my friends who want to visit Sant Angelo!

The photographer was really friendly and overall I am satisfied with the photos. Great value for money.