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Learn all about two often-overlooked attractions in Rome, the Castel Sant’Angelo and Ponte Sant’Angelo, during a 3-hour tour. Join your expert guide on a visit to the castle and find out about its fascinating evolution from a mausoleum to a prison to a papal citadel to a museum. See what’s left of Emperor Hadrian’s tomb and the luxurious papal apartments, and enjoy great views of Rome from the castle’s roof. Then cross the ancient Roman Ponte Sant’Angelo in front of the castle, admiring the statues on either side of the bridge. Group size is limited to 20 people for a more personal tour.

Highlights

  • 3-hour walking tour of Castel Sant’Angelo and Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome
  • Explore the castle and learn how it served as Roman emperor Hadrian’s tomb before becoming a fortress, papal refuge and prison
  • Walk the marble Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge with its glorious angel statues designed by Bernini
  • Tour the castle prisons and papal apartments, and admire the city views from its rooftop
  • Discover the remnants of Hadrian’s tomb and stroll the castle grounds
  • Enjoy personalized attention from a guide on a small-group tour limited to 20 people

What You Can Expect

Castel Sant'Angelo and Ponte Sant'Angelo Walking Tour in Rome

Discover the ancient Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome on a small-group walking tour

Meet your guide at the Castel Sant’Angelo, a short distance from Vatican City overlooking the Tiber River. Collect a headset if you prefer to listen to the guide that way, and learn a bit about the castle before you prior to actually going inside.

Built in the 2nd century BC, the Castel Sant’Angelo was the final resting place of Emperor Hadrian when this land was still well outside the city limits of Rome. As the city expanded, the castle eventually became part of Rome’s fortified walls and then, by the 14th century, served as a papal retreat as well as a prison.

Hear the legend of how the Archangel Michael is said to have alighted at the top of the Castel Sant’Angelo in 590 AD, which residents believed put an end to the plague that was decimating the city. It’s from this legendary incident that the castle gets its current angelic name.

Still outside the castle, take time to admire the 10 Bernini statues that line the Ponte Sant’Angelo. The bridge dates from Hadrian’s time, but the statues were added in the 17th century.

Enter the castle (own expense) with your guide to explore the inside of this fortified structure. See the incredible papal apartments with gorgeous frescoes on the walls, and contrast those with the cramped prison cells elsewhere in the castle. See what’s left of Hadrian’s tomb in the lower levels, as well as the towers and ramparts of the fortifications.

The final stop on your tour is the rooftop of the castle, where you can enjoy excellent views over Rome and a close-up look at the statue of the Archangel Michael that adorns the top of the castle.

The tour ends after roughly 3 hours when your guide leaves you outside the castle.

Please Note: The order of activities listed above may change depending on the day.

Customer Reviews

Ronald N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour guide verbally had us experience the amazing history of Castle San Angelo. She was friendly, relaxed, thorough, and engaged in personal conversation as well. She was great!

Patricia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was very informative. The tour guide, George, is very knowledgeable and gave interesting insights.

Ciaran C Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

As it turns out it was a private tour. Must have gotten very lucky with that. The guide was very knowledgeable and a great help when trying to take photos!

Aubrey W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Barbara was an exceptional guide. Her knowledge about Castel Sant'Angelo seemed limitless. She is excellent in determining the level of knowledge of the group and can tailor her presentation so that the tour is not boring, beneath the level of your understanding or over your head.

Janice L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Absolutely brilliant. Our Guide was informed, enthusiastic and funny. Learnt so much, magnificent views of Rome. Would definitely recommend this tour, do it early as croeds build up in the afternoon.

Claude L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

An amazing tour. A MUST

CHARALAMPOS P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

interesting about changes over centuries, great views

dr hp v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We were only four people on this tour, so we were lucky to have the tour guide to ourselves. We had a very enjoyable and informative morning away from all the crowds. Highly recommended!

Tatiana K

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Personal guide was great! You do have to pay for your entrance fee.

Carolyn W

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

The guide was very informative. We started on the bridge leading to Castel Sant' Angelo. He told us about all the statues of the angels holding different things from the Passion. I have been telling everyone about that. I enjoyed hearing the history and it was a beautiful day. The view from the top was amazing. I highly recommend this tour.

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