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Ponte Sant'Angelo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Reserved Ticket

1. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Reserved Ticket

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.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo and St. Peter’s Square Tour

3. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo and St. Peter’s Square Tour

Discover the dark side of 2 iconic attractions in Rome on a guided walking tour of the Castel Sant’ Angelo and St. Peter’s Square. Take a stroll on the Passetto di Borgo passage that links the Vatican City with the Castel Sant'Angelo. View Hadrian's tomb and Renaissance sculptures. Meet your guide on Ponte Sant’ Angelo, formerly known as the “Aelian Bridge” or “Pons Aelius.” Built in 134 AD by Emperor Hadrian, the bridge spans the River Tiber from the city center to his mausoleum in the Castel Sant'Angelo. Admire sculptures of angels by Bernini, Raggi, and Morelli, before skipping the ticket lines to see Hadrian’s tomb. Feast your eyes on the frescoes, Papal apartments, and magnificent corridors of the castle. Experience the fear of former prisoners as you learn about the castle’s time as a prison. Follow in the footsteps of former popes as you walk the Passetto di Borgo, and learn how they would escape death threats from their opponents. Your guide will explain the dark connections between the castle and Vatican State. Upon arrival in St. Peter's Square, admire Bernini’s massive colonnade. Look at the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, and learn about the architects behind its astonishing construction, including Michelangelo, Bernini, and Borromini. See the lovely fountains and red granite obelisk, originally erected at Heliopolis and moved to the Vatican in 1586.

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

6. 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: 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: Castel Sant'Angelo Private Tour with Hotel Pickup

8. 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.

Rome: 3-Day Private Tour, Transports & Skip the line Tickets

9. Rome: 3-Day Private Tour, Transports & Skip the line Tickets

Join on this three-day private sightseeing and historical tour to discover the Eternal City. On the first day, you will be picked up at your hotel in Rome and your 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. On the third day, continue the journey in to the Castel St Angelo on a 2hr private tour to admire the impressive architecture of the castle and see the incredible masterpieces hosted inside. discovering the history of the bridge and its many beautiful statues, with your private guide you will enter the Castel Sant'Angelo without queuing and admire the historical development of this important place which has been first a Roman tomb, then a papal residence, fortress, prison, execution ground and currently a museum offering one of the most amazing views over the city.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. After 1-hour and half lunch break you driver will take you to the Baths of caracalla the second largest public baths of Ancient Rome. meet your tour guide and embark on a 2 hour private guide tour to admire the best-preserved baths in Rome and a masterpiece of Roman architecture. See parts of the heating system and fragments of mosaic floors and discover imposing vaulted rooms and porticoes.

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What people are saying about Ponte Sant'Angelo

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,035 reviews

Ticket booked at 9am. This is also the opening time of castel sant'angelo. Because of this it was still nice and quiet and we could view everything quietly. It was beautiful but nothing compared to the rest of what we have seen.

Very interesting tour. This spot is underrated but recommend for another interesting tour. Guide was informative and shared Interesting tidbits. Would recommend.

No problem picking up tickets. Very interesting building with fantastic views.

great spot, interesting collection, great views of the city and perfect time

Fantastic landmark, definitely recommend for the entire family.