Sant’Angelo Castel | The Tomb of Hadrian semi-private Guided Tour | VIP Entry

Roma, Italy

Experience Rating
icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Overview

There is more to Rome’s ancient ruins than the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, but the magnificent Castel Sant’ Angelo is often missed off tour itineraries. This 2-hour guided tour will ensure you see all the highlights, including the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian, the papal apartments, Michelangelo's courtyard, and the Ponte Sant’ Angelo.
  • Gain skip-the-line access
  • Enjoy magnificent views over Rome and the Ponte Sant’ Angelo from the terrace
  • Learn more about Rome’s ancient history and empire from a knowledgeable guide
  • Smaller group size offers a more intimate experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get skip-the-line entry and a guided tour of this an ancient landmark that’s often skipped on Rome tours.

Headsets to hear the guide clearly (over the 8 people)
Professional art historian guide
Skip-the-line access
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation to/from attractions

Departure Point

Castel Sant'Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

5:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and group of up to 20 people outside Castel Sant’ Angelo. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Then, set out to discover the mighty fortress of Castel Sant' Angelo, built in 139AD to house the tomb of Emperor Hadrian and later converted to a castle in the 14th century.

Learn about its fascinating history as a castle, refuge and prison from your guide as you explore the ruins, admire sculptures by Bernini, Raggi and Morelli, and walk in the footsteps of former Popes as you visit the papal apartments. With your convenient skip-the-line tickets, jump the queue and head straight into the star attraction – the grand mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian. Finally, enjoy a spectacular view over Rome from the castle terrace.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
After discovering the history of the bridge and its many beautiful statues, with your private guide you will enter without queuing to Castel Sant'Angelo and you will admire the historical development of this important place which has been first a Roman tomb, then a papal residence, fortress, prison, and execution ground, and currently a museum offering one of the most amazing views over the city, its roofs and domes. The fortress was originally commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a burial chamber for his family and for himself. During the tour, you’ll visit several rooms used by the popes, including Pope Paul III private rooms. But beyond the amazing decorations, golden stuccos, sparkling marble floors, the castle hides a dark heart: the dreadful prisons, the most terrible one was inserted in a vent over the elicoidal ramp of Hadrian’s Mausoleum, a small room accessible just from a trapdoor, and another one in the floor was used to get rid of corpses. The Castel Sant’Angelo has also inspired several writers and directors, for example, Dan Brown mentions the Castle in his best seller “Angels and Demons” You’ll climb to the top of the building to the terrace, where you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Rome and a great place for selfies.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Privileged access
  • Language: English
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • Group size: max 15 - 20 people
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.Learn more about cancellations.

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