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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome

Castel Sant'Angelo - The Tomb of Hadrian Private Guided Tour

Product ID: 123884
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On this 2-hour private guided tour, discover the main treasures of Castel Sant'Angelo staying away from the crowded group tours. Admire the impressive architecture of the castle and admire the incredible masterpieces hosted inside.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Appreciate and admire the incredible Castel Sant'Angelo on a private tour
  • See the incredible masterpieces hosted inside
  • Enjoy an amazing panoramic view from the terrace and Castel Sant'Angelo Bridge
  • Explore the Pope's apartments and bastions
  • Admire Michelangelo's courtyard
Full description
This tour will take you away from the crowds and carry you into the Roman age right up to the 19th century! You will learn about powerful emperors, intriguing popes, mad rushes, executions and much more!

Meet your guide in front of the entrance to the Castel Sant’Angelo, next to the bridge, and set off on a 2/3-hour guided tour. You’ll 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, with your private guide you will enter the Castel Sant'Angelo without queuing and admire the historical development of this important place which has been first a Roman tomb, then a papal residence, fortress, prison, execution ground and currently a museum offering one of the most amazing views over the city.
The fortress was originally commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a burial chamber for his family and for himself. During the tour, you’ll visit several rooms used by the popes, including Pope Clement VII’s bathroom decorated by Raphael’s frescoes. But beyond the amazing decorations, golden stuccos, sparkling marble floors, the castle hides a dark heart: the dreadful prisons. The most terrible one was inserted in a vent over the elicoidal ramp of Hadrian’s Mausoleum, a small room accessible just from a trapdoor and another one in the floor was used to get rid of corpses. 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”.
You’ll climb to the top of the building to the terrace, where you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Rome and a great place for selfies.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Skip-the-line access
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to/ from attractions
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Your guide will wait for you outside Castel Sant'Angelo main entrance with a "Tour in the City" sign! Address is Lungotevere Castello n° 50

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Walking frames
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7-days of travel. In this case, confirmation will be received within 48-hours, subject to availability
• Dress code is smart casual
• Private guided tour
• Privileged access
• Language: English/ Spanish
• A moderate amount of walking will be involved
• Not wheelchair accessible
• Inside the castle, you will be able to visit little chapel; shoulders and knees must be covered to enter
• Group size: minimum 2 - maximum 10 persons
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