1. Italy
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  3. Rome
  4. Vatican City

Castel Sant’ Angelo and St. Peter’s Square Tour

Product ID: 50910
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Explore 2 historic sites of Rome on a 3-hour walking tour of the Castel Sant’ Angelo and St. Peter’s Square. Learn the history of an ancient fortress, commissioned by Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum. Marvel at Bernini’s colonnades in the Vatican City.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
German, English, French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn the history of the Ponte Sant' Angelo and its statues of angels
  • See Hadrian's tomb and the Papal corridors of the Castel Sant' Angelo
  • Follow in the footsteps of popes to St. Peter's Square
  • Marvel at the stunning façade of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Travel down the historic Passetto di Borgo
Full description
Discover the dark side of 2 iconic attractions in Rome on a 3-hour walking tour of the Castel Sant’ Angelo and St. Peter’s Square, connected by the Passetto di Borgo.

Meet your guide on Ponte Sant’ Angelo, formerly known as the “Aelian Bridge” or “Pons Aelius.” Built in 134 AD by Emperor Hadrian, the bridge spans the River Tiber from the city center to his mausoleum in the Castel Sant'Angelo.

Admire sculptures of angels by Bernini, Raggi and Morelli, before skipping the ticket lines to see Hadrian’s tomb. Feast your eyes on the frescoes, Papal apartments, and magnificent corridors of the castle. Experience the fear of former prisoners as you learn about the castle’s time as a prison.

Follow in the footsteps of former popes as you walk the Passetto di Borgo, and learn how they would escape death threats from their opponents. Your guide will explain the dark connections between the castle and Vatican State. Upon arrival in St. Peter's Square, admire Bernini’s massive colonnade. Look at the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, and learn about the architects behind its astonishing construction, including Michelangelo, Bernini and Borromini.

See the lovely fountains and red granite obelisk, originally erected at Heliopolis and moved to the Vatican in 1586.
Includes
  • Licensed guide
  • Headsets
  • Admission fees
What’s Not Included
  • Tour inside St. Peter's Basilica
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet on the Ponte Sant'Angelo, opposite Castel Sant' Angelo

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes. Please leave liquids and sharp items at home
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 304 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Our guide was on time and easy to find because she had a sign that she held up with the name of the tour company. There were 5 on our tour. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. She gave us plenty of time to take pictures. I would recommend this tour company.

August 6, 2019

Had a lovely trip

Marina was a lovely guide, who did not only tell us all she knows about the castle, but also gave us lots of information about Rome and recommended special places to go - not just to see some more culture, she also showed us one of her favourite restaurants (which had really good food :)) - we would do the tour again!

May 3, 2019

Super Führung, kompetenter Guide

Wir hatten das Glück, dass bei unserer Führung nur wir zwei anwesend waren. Dadurch war das ganze natürlich sehr auf uns zugeschnitten. Zusätzlich war unser „Guide“ vom Fach, sie ist Restauratorin in Rom. Damit gab es dann auch noch Informationen und Hinweise, die man in einer Führung so weniger erwartet. Vielen Dank an Tanja.

September 4, 2019

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Product ID: 50910