Take this 2-hour guided tour to discover Castel Sant’Angelo! It is located just outside the walls of Vatican City, and you can take it on the way back from the Vatican Museums or St Peter’s Basilica
Do not be confused by the name: Castel Sant'Angelo was built to be a tomb, not a Castle. It was the emperor Hadrian who commissioned a mausoleum for him and his successors. Then became a fortress in 401 A.D. and in 14th century was turned into a castle, where the pope could take refuge crossing the corridor that directly connected the residence to the Vatican buildings.
The large terrace where Tosca, the heroine in Puccini’s opera, jumped down to suicide now offers you wonderful views over the city, so take the camera with you!
You could admire the sumptuous apartments of Pope Paul III richly decorated with Renaissance frescos.
Your guide will tell he history of the Angel bronze statue placed over the top of the Castle and you will discover why the Museum took its present name as Castel Sant’Angelo
Profit of the skip-the-line access and you will have a personalized experience, being part of a small group tour limited to 10 people, lead by a professional, local guide.
You can choose between morning tour at 12.00 or in the afternoon at 5.30pm to avoid crowds before closing.
In hot days of Summer wear a hat and comfortable shoes. Do not forget also to bring camera to take pictures of the great sites you will see
Shoulders and kness should be covered when entering churches
Bring a bottle of water with you that you can refill from the beautiful and fresh fountains of Rome with great drinkable water