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Visit the Castel Sant’Angelo on a guided tour and discover the fascinating history of this towering cylindrical fortress in Rome. Marvel at the building’s architecture, see perfectly preserved frescoes, and more
On this guided tour, you will get the opportunity to explore the beautiful and historic Castel Sant’Angelo. Your journey will begin with a visit to the ancient St. Angelo Bridge, which was completed in 134 CE and has stunning angel statues by Bernini, Raggi, and Morelli. Castel Sant’Angelo has stood guard over the Tiber for for 2,000 years, first as a symbol of Rome’s imperial authority, then as a papal fortress. That was the Antonine emperors’ burial place until Caracalla, and it was originally the mausoleum of the Roman emperor Hadrian.
The fort is built in the shape of a circle encircled by a square, with each corner of the square covered by an individually constructed barbican, or outwork, and the central circle containing halls, chapels, residences, gardens, and other amenities. Our guide will take you on a tour of the castle’s beautiful halls, conserved artworks, and Papal apartments while explaining the castle’s history.
Your journey will begin with a visit to the ancient St. Angelo Bridge, which was completed in 134 CE and has exquisite angel statues by Bernini, Raggi, and Morelli. For over 2,000 years, Castel Sant' Angelo has stood guard over the Tiber, first as a symbol of imperial Rome and then as a papal fortification. That was the Antonine emperors' burial place until Caracalla, and it was originally the mausoleum of the Roman emperor Hadrian.
Following a quick overview of the area and the Castel from the outside, you will enter the castle and hear about the Passetto di Borgo, a tiny elevated passage that connects the Castel to the Vatican and was featured in Dan Brown's Angels & Demons (closed to the public). Our guide will take you on a tour of the castle's beautiful halls, conserved artworks, and Papal apartments while explaining the castle's history.
When you reach the fortress's summit, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of Rome.
Meeting Point: Castel Sant’Angelo
Meet your guide with a “TRIP IN ART SIGN” in front of the main entrance 15 minutes before the chosen time. We will start with Ponte Sant’ Angelo (the Sant’ Angelo Bridge) as well as the little inside courtyard where executions used to take place. Following that, you will enter this amazing castle.
End Point: Castel Sant’Angelo
The tour ends in the in front of Castel Sant’Angelo, providing easy access to local restaurants, cafes, shops, and public transportation options.
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