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St. Angel's Castle: 2-Hour Private Tour

Product ID: 355930
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Get up close and explore St. Angel's Castle with the help of an expert, English-speaking guide. Learn about the building which was converted from a fort, to a prison, to offices for the Vatican, while enjoying panoramic views of Rome's historic center.
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Duration: 2 hours
Starting times 9:00 AM, 3:30 PM
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English, Italian

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  • Learn the unique history of the castle from an expert guide
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Rome from the castle's terrace
  • Visit the apartment of Pope Paul III
  • Learn the history of the famous "Passetto"
Full description
Meet your guide at the entrance of the castle and embark on a historical journey starting in the 3rd Century A.D., when the castle was built as a  Mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian. Through stories and fun facts, learn how the castle later became a fortress in the Middle Ages and was then turned into a prison, offices of the Vatican Treasury and Archive, and finally into the residence of the Popes during the Renaissance.

Discover the stories of Alexander the Great in the Hall of Paolina and uncover the myth of the Greek hero, Persus, in the Hall of Persus. Admire the collection of ancient arms, marbles, ceramics, and sculptures and stroll through the painting gallery with works by Carlo Crivelli, Luca Signorelli, and Dosso Dossifrom. 

Learn about the famous Passetto, the hidden path used by the Popes to escape the castle when the Vatican was under attack, and visit the apartment of Pope Paul III. Take in views of the historical center from the castle's terrace and learn about the castle's role in famous movies. 

At the end of the tour, you will have the option of staying in the castle to continue exploring at your own pace.
  • Entry tickets
  • Guide
  • Private tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Private transportation

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. Your guide will wait for you in front of the entrance of the Castle holding a sign with the name of the tour.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card for children
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.

From US$ 113.30 per person

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Rome Guides

Product ID: 355930