Ponte Sant'Angelo

Ponte Sant'Angelo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Priority Entrance

1. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Priority Entrance

Discover the history of this mausoleum-turned-museum with skip-the-line, hosted access. Located on the right bank of the Tiber only a short distance from the Vatican City, the Castel Sant'Angelo is an ancient fortress with centuries of history. Explore the museum's seven floors to discover an extensive collection of ancient artifacts and perfectly preserved frescoes from the Renaissance period. Built in 135 AD for the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the building has played an important part in Rome’s architectural history. Climb the spiral staircase to reach the Chamber of Ashes where a number of historical figures were incarcerated, before continuing up to visit the Papal Residence. Immerse yourself in the stories of each different room as you admire the art within. Finish your experience with a panoramic view over Rome and the River Tiber from the castle terrace. A great opportunity to take some photos of the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge, also known as the Bridge of Angels.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Tour with Fast-Track Access

2. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Tour with Fast-Track Access

Skip the lines at the Castel Sant'Angelo to set off on a guided tour. Enter the castle with skip-the-line access and learn about its history from your guide. Explore the famous castle that was erected by Emperor Hadrian to be his tomb. See how the building was also used by popes as their private residence, as the state treasury, as a prison, and as a location for public executions throughout its history. Have the chance to discover the rich history of the castle and its magnificent architecture and paintings. Be introduced to the emperor's burial place, the papal apartment, and treasury room. Admire the beautiful angel sculptures along the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge, also known as the Bridge of Angels. Finish off the incredible experience with a panoramic view from the castle's terrace and take stunning photos of the city.

Exclusive Best of Rome in Two Days VIP Private Tour

3. Exclusive Best of Rome in Two Days VIP Private Tour

Make the most of your time with skip-the-line access to Rome's Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Catacombs on this two-day tour. Explore the city's center and see sights like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon. Day 1:  Be picked up at your hotel in Rome and enjoy a driving tour in an air-conditioned vehicle to places like the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Santa Maria Della Pace. Appreciate the Baroque masterpiece, the Trevi Fountain. Watch the silent flow of the Tiber River, and admire the beautiful Pantheon. Continue to Emperor Hadrian’s Mausoleum and legendary Ponte Sant'Angelo to take in the Castello Sant'Angelo. Break for an hour where you can purchase a nice lunch.  Begin your skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museum. Here you will see the art collected by Popes throughout the centuries. Walk through the Gallery of Maps, the Tapestry Gallery, and the Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Day 2:  Embark on a 45-minute tour of the mysterious catacombs, situated along the old Appian Way. Explore part of the 93 miles (150km) of underground galleries that were used as cemeteries by early Christians. Do some sightseeing by bus on the way to the Colosseum.  Pause for a 1.5-hour break where you can find a stop to buy a meal. Start your private skip-the-line tour of the symbol the famed Colosseum. Discover construction techniques that were invented by the Romans. Hear about skilled gladiators and exotic animal fights. Head to Palatine Hill, the residence of the Roman Emperors and the location of the Roman Forum which was the center of political, religious, and commercial life at that time.  Take a walk to uncover sights like the old Senate House, the Temple of Vesta, and the Triumphal Arches of Constantine, Titus, and Septimius Severus. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Rome: Off-the-Beaten-Track Private Walking Tour

4. Rome: Off-the-Beaten-Track Private Walking Tour

Go off the beaten track and avoid the crowds on this private guided walking tour of Rome. Bring the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” to life as you uncover city secrets and find on-trend bars. Meet your guide at the Ponte Sant’ Angelo at a time suited to you. Then, escape the usual tourist traps by keeping away from the crowds outside the Colosseum or Pantheon and strolling to hidden squares and local boutiques instead. As your stroll down picturesque streets you will barely notice that Rome is one of the most visited cities in Europe. Wander down quiet alleys in some of the oldest districts to find groovy bars and restaurants and a more authentic local culture. The tour can be tailored to your own pace and interests, but the suggested itinerary will take you to a cozy street full of small boutiques and on to a hidden library with a stunning garden. Local breweries will also be on the itinerary. Then, walk along streets full of local bars, and enter a beer café and brewery. Stroll across the Ponte Sisto to sit down in a square in the Trastevere and enjoy a gelato. Return to the city center via the Isola TIberina.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Fast-Track Ticket and Express Tour

5. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Fast-Track Ticket and Express Tour

Join an express guided walking tour of the Castel Sant'Angelo’s terrace with skip-the-line tickets. Cruise past the long lines and enter the castle with your guide. Experience the magnificent terrace with one of the best views of Rome. After the tour, explore the rest of the castle at your own pace. The terrace view opens 360 degrees towards the city center from the grounds of the castle and beyond the River Tiber. Admire the St. Angelo Bridge, one of the most scenic masterpieces of Roman Baroque design, adorned with 10 angel statues symbolizing love and passion. See the many iconic sights surrounding the castle such as the Palace of Justice, Villa Borghese, Quirinal Palace, Pantheon, Capitoline Hill, Aventine Hill, and Janiculum. Look towards St. Peter's Basilica to spot the Passetto di Borgo, a passageway connecting Castel Sant'Angelo to Vatican City. After this experience, you are free to visit the remaining levels of the castle at your own pace. Admire the other parts of the castle that was founded by the Roman emperor Hadrian and built to be his monumental tomb. Throughout the years, the building has also been used as the private residence of the pope, a treasury of the state, a prison, and a place of public executions.

Rome: Christmas Nativities and Angels Tour

6. Rome: Christmas Nativities and Angels Tour

This tour has been designed to showcase the magic of Christmastime in Rome and provide a better understanding of the importance of the holiday. Learn about local Christmas traditions and legends as you visit some of the most beautifully decorated spots in the city. The tour begins in Piazza del Popoli where you can admire the Twin Churches’ Christmas nativity. From here, cross the Piazza di Spagna to reach the Church of Santa Maria in Via where you can learn about the miraculous holy water. Continue the tour to Piazza Venezia and admire the stunning decorations while listening to historical anecdotes about Christmas in Rome. Next, marvel at the majestic Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli and the Holy Child, a sculpture baptized in the River Jordan that features as the center of the Christmas nativity scene. Stop in Piazza Navona, then cross the Bridge of Angels before ending the tour in the center of the Catholic world, Piazza San Pietro.

Rome: Skip-the-Line Private Tour of Castel Sant'Angelo

7. Rome: Skip-the-Line Private Tour of Castel Sant'Angelo

Pre-book your combo skip-the-line entry ticket and private tour of Castel Sant'Angelo, also known as Hadrian’s Mausoleum. Explore the dark side of Rome through the esoteric messages hidden in the intricate frescoes and statues. Take a journey back in time and travel through the history of Castel Sant'Angelo from its original function as a dynastic mausoleum to its later role as a fortress of the Popes. See the secret passage that connects the castle with the Vatican and visit the tomb of Emperor Hadrian. Walk through the papal corridors and rooms and be amazed by the Gran Loggia of Paul III. Marvel at the grotesque motifs and at the illusionistic trompe l'oile painting. End your tour in the upper terrace, from where you can soak in one of the best panoramic views of Rome.

Rome: Skip-the-Line Colosseum & Private Sightseeing Tour

8. Rome: Skip-the-Line Colosseum & Private Sightseeing Tour

After the sightseeing tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel. All tours are conducted by professional tour guides, licensed by the Italian government, specialized in art history and archaeology. Along the way, you will see the following sights: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Tiber River, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant'Angelo, Ponte Sant'Angelo, Saint Peter Square, Saint Peter Basilica, Capitoline Hill, Venice Square, Circus Maximus, Janiculum Hill and much more. The itineraries can be changed according to your wishes, time at disposal and availability of the different sites included in the tour.

Rome: 2-Day Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Tickets

9. Rome: 2-Day Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Tickets

In this special two-day private sightseeing and historical tour, you get to discover the best of the Eternal City. On the first day, you will be picked up at your hotel in Rome, though the exact departure time may vary—the final program will be sent to you via email a few days before the tour. Your private driver will bring you away from the usual tourist itineraries to capture the unforgettable sensual atmospheres of charming squares like Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Santa Maria Della Pace. You will then appreciate the Baroque masterpiece, the Trevi Fountain, the silent flow of the Tiber River, and the beautiful Pantheon. Your promenade will continue to Emperor Hadrian’s Mausoleum and legendary Ponte Sant'Angelo to enjoy a fantastic sight of the Castello Sant'Angelo. After a 1-hour break for lunch (not included) you will have a skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museum. Here you will see the art collected by Popes throughout the centuries, the Gallery of Maps with views of the Vatican Gardens, the Tapestry Gallery, and eventually, the Sistine Chapel painted by the Renaissance genius, Michelangelo. On the second day, you will embark on a 45-minute tour of the mysterious catacombs, situated along the old Appian Way, some 93 miles (150km) of underground galleries used as cemeteries by early Christians under Roman persecutions. After the tour, you will have a small panoramic tour to reach Colosseum. After a 1-hour and a half break for lunch (not included), you will have a private skip-the-line tour in the symbol of the Ancient Roman world, the Colosseum. Discover the construction techniques invented by the Romans, and hear about the skills of the gladiators and the violent exotic animal fights. Afterward, explore the Palatine Hill, the residence of the Roman Emperors, and the Roman Forum, the center of political, religious, and commercial life at that time. You will see the old Senate House, Temple of Vesta, Triumphal Arches of Constantine, Titus, and Septimius Severus.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Private Tour with Hotel Pickup

10. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Private Tour with Hotel Pickup

Enjoy hotel pickup then experience this gem of Roman history which includes a mausoleum, fortress, prison and museum. Meet your driver at your hotel and then and head for the Castel Sant'Angelo. Take advantage of skip-the-line access as your prepare for your private tour. Your professional, expert guide will then accompany you through this fascinating cylindrical building which dates from 123 AD. Admire the Court of the Angel, with its chapel designed by Michelangelo. Experience the prison cells and the armory, as your historian guide makes the building come alive with stories of its past. See the magnificent loggia built by the Pope Julius II overlooking the bridge for the blessing of the faithful. End your tour on the terrace, and enjoy the stunning 360° views of the eternal city.

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What people are saying about Ponte Sant'Angelo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,597 reviews

I was led around the castle with the company Touriks and my guide was Samuele. It was genuinely the best tour I have ever received. Samuele was knowledgeable about the grounds, general history, translated inscriptions, answered odd historical questions from my nerdy wife and I, and pointed out things we might find interesting. He did such a fantastic job. I highly recommend this building as a tour and we sprung for the private tour with Samuele and it was worth it ten times over.

Our guide was outstanding. His knowledge of the Castle in particular and the history of Rome generally offered in a straight forward and understandable manner, with some levity mixed in.

Our guide Alec (not Baldwin!) made the tour fun and learnt lots about the history in a relaxed tour. Would highly recommend. Stunning views of the city. Thank you.

Excellent! Must have visit. Easy fast track entrance via redemption of voucher to ticket . Guide at entrance to do this! Easy website.

Interesting castle with lovely panoramic views of the city