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Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

Product ID: 59571
Discover the mysteries of Rome as you enjoy a tour of the city’s ancient landmarks inspired by Dan Brown's bestseller, Angels and Demons. Follow the route taken by the book’s protagonist, Robert Langdon, along the path of the Illuminati.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian

Pickup optional

Hotels located inside the Aurelian Walls.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Follow the trail from Dan Brown's best-selling book through Rome
  • Take a guided tour along the path of the Illuminati
  • Enjoy a blend of history and literature with a knowledgeable local guide
Full description
Explore Rome following the trail of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, Angels and Demons.

The 3.5-hour tour begins at Pantheon, where Robert Langdon, the protagonist of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, arrives having misunderstood a clue.

His intended destination was the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, and that is the tour's second stop. The church is noted for the Chigi Chapel, where Langdon found the first dead cardinal, branded with the word earth on his chest.

Your next stop will be St. Peter's Basilica, the center of Christianity. In the middle of St. Peter’s Square you’ll find an obelisk surrounded by a wind compass rose. On the west ponente oval tile the protagonist found another dead cardinal, branded with the word air. After this, Langdon enters the Vatican’s secret archives to look for information about the Illuminati.

From the Vatican you’ll head to the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, where you’ll see Bernini's sculpture, Estasi di Santa Teresa. It was here that Langdon found the third dead cardinal, who was branded with the word fire.

Your guide will take you through the most important places in the ancient city center, including Repubblica Square, and Navona Square, where you’ll see Bernini's stunning Fountain of the 4 Rivers and the obelisk. According to the book, Langdon finds the last dead cardinal here, branded with the word water.

From Navona Square you’ll head to the last stop, Castel Sant’Angelo, a gathering place of the Illuminati, and hear about the passetto, a hidden passage that leads to Vatican City. This shortcut was used by past popes as a way to escape, and in the book it is used as a hideout for the assassin.
Includes
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (for hotels inside the Aurelian Walls)
  • Small-group tour
What’s Not Included
  • Admission fee for Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

In front of Church Santa Maria della Vittoria, Via Venti Settembre, 17, 00187 Rome.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 137 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.1 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Wonderful, informative, fun tour. Louisa was very knowledgeable and passionate about the artists and their history which was what we wanted to focus on more than just the Book or Movie plots. Her English was superb so she was very easy to understand even with the hub bub of the City around us.

October 25, 2019

Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable not only about the book and movie but also about the areas we passed on to the next clue or element. He left it for us to decide if it were literary license or reality. Lots of fun. The small group made it possible to ask questions and receive answers that kept us entertained. He recognized who knew the book/movie and who came along for their companions. The ones that just came along enjoyed it as much as the ones that really wanted to see the churches/clues/ and where it all happened. For the ones that had not read the book or seen the movie or simply forgotten parts, he explained the plot/ element in a way that they knew what was going on. He gave a quick synopsis of plot at each site. The places visited were architecturally, historically, and artistically significant to the plot but also to Rome and Romans.

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September 30, 2019

This tour was fantastic. We were the only people so actually ended up being a private tour. We saw parts of Rome we would never have seen and we were given lots of information about everywhere including parts that had nothing to do with the film.

December 31, 2019

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Product ID: 59571