Guided tour

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

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

From US$ 67.92 per person

Explore 2 historic sites of Rome on a 3-hour walking tour of the Castel Sant’ Angelo and St. Peter’s Square. Learn the history of an ancient fortress, commissioned by Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum. Marvel at Bernini’s colonnades in the Vatican City.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn the history of the Ponte Sant' Angelo and its statues of angels
  • See Hadrian's tomb and the Papal corridors of the Castel Sant' Angelo
  • Follow in the footsteps of popes to St. Peter's Square
  • Marvel at the stunning façade of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Travel down the historic Passetto di Borgo
Full description
Discover the dark side of 2 iconic attractions in Rome on a 3-hour walking tour of the Castel Sant’ Angelo and St. Peter’s Square, connected by the Passetto di Borgo. 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.
Includes
  • Licensed guide
  • Headsets
  • Admission fees
  • Tour inside St. Peter's Basilica
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

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  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes. Please leave liquids and sharp items at home
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 316 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Our guide was on time and easy to find because she had a sign that she held up with the name of the tour company. There were 5 on our tour. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. She gave us plenty of time to take pictures. I would recommend this tour company.

August 6, 2019

Had a lovely trip

Marina was a lovely guide, who did not only tell us all she knows about the castle, but also gave us lots of information about Rome and recommended special places to go - not just to see some more culture, she also showed us one of her favourite restaurants (which had really good food :)) - we would do the tour again!

May 3, 2019

War eine sehr interessante Tour. Chiara unser Guide war pünktlich vor Ort und hat eine tolle Führung gemacht. Sie hat sich auf unser Tempo eingestellt und immer wieder eine kleine Fotopause gemacht. Sie hat super deutsch gesprochen, man konnte sie sehr gut verstehen und sie ist immer auf unsere Fragen eingegangen. Hat uns sehr gut gefallen.

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September 4, 2020

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