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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Vatican City

Castel Sant'Angelo and St. Peter’s Square: Introduction Tour

Product ID: 224652
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See some of the lesser-known but culturally significant sites of the Vatican on an informative walking tour that gives you insight into the city's complex history and thrilling lore.
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts


  • Immerse yourself in the history, architecture, and lore of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican
  • Learn about some of the most colorful personalities in the Vatican’s nearly 2,000-year history
  • Get tips for the rest of your Vatican experience
Full description
Begin your tour in front of the Castel Sant'Angelo, a striking cylindrical building that was initially built as a mausoleum for Roman Emperor Hadrian and his family. Learn how it was later used as a fortress by popes who wielded immense political and military power. Let your guide lead you through a semi-secret papal escape route, sharing stories about some of the most colorful men who have donned the papal robes through history as you head towards St. Peter’s Square.

Admire the dramatic silhouette of St. Peter's Basilica from the square. Stand inside the titanic Doric colonnades and get the inside scoop on the genius who designed them. Gaze at the ornate Papal Apartments which have served as the official residence of the popes for centuries and listen to some of the stories surrounding the Egyptian obelisk in the center of the square. From the bad moods of Michelangelo to the heroics of the Swiss Guard, and even some of Dan Brown's storytelling, soak up a wealth of action-packed facts in a short period of time.
  • Guided walking tour
  • Expert local guide
What’s Not Included
  • Guided tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museum
  • Admission to the castle
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
  • Entrance Tickets and guided tour inside Castel Sant Angelo

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• Please arrive 10 minutes before tour departs
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Product ID: 224652