Passetto di Borgo

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Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Fast-Track Ticket and Express Tour

1. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Fast-Track Ticket and Express Tour

Join an express guided 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: Castel Sant'Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Discover the deep history of Castel Sant'Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, is a historic fortress and iconic monument. Originally commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family in the 2nd century AD, the structure later served various purposes throughout history. Over the centuries, Castel Sant'Angelo has functioned as a fortress, a papal residence, and even a prison. Its distinctive cylindrical shape and imposing presence make it a prominent landmark in the Eternal City. The castle is connected to Vatican City by a fortified corridor called the Passetto di Borgo, which served as an escape route for popes in times of danger. Today, Castel Sant'Angelo stands as a museum, showcasing its rich history and housing a diverse collection of art and artifacts. Visitors can explore its well-preserved rooms, dungeons, and terrace, enjoying panoramic views of Rome. The castle stands as a testament to the city's layered history, reflecting the evolution of Rome from ancient times to the present day.

Rome and the Renaissance: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. Rome and the Renaissance: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

If Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance, then Rome is its nursery. It’s here that the cultural movement took form, and some of its greatest works were realised. On this Rome walking tour from St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City to Piazza di Spagna, I’ll show you traces of the movement’s evolution through artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini. Ancient Rome will jump out at us around every corner, and we’ll delve into the city’s more distant past too. After all, one key characteristic of the Renaissance was a love of antiquity. You’ll see this side of the movement classically represented throughout the city, in monuments like the Mausoleum of Augustus and, towards the end of our tour, in the famed Villa Medici. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to: • Take in the Spanish Steps, Trinità dei Monti, and Ara Pacis (the Altar of Augustan Peace) as you walk through the city centre • Follow in the footsteps of the Robert Langdon character, from Dan Brown’s book Angels and Demons, in his adventures in St Peter’s Square and Piazza del Popolo • Gaze upon St Peter’s Basilica, commissioned by Julius II, regarded as a driving force for the Renaissance in Rome and central Italy • Discover a few of the city’s quirks, including a miraculous travelling painting, the story of a parrot invasion, and the pope’s secret escape route (known as Passetto di Borgo) from St Peter’s to Castel Sant Angelo • See Chiesa Sacro Cuore del Suffragio, the church that claims to have evidence of the souls in purgatory communicating with our world • Stroll down Via Babuino, a street named after a very ugly statue By the end of this 90-minute tour of Rome, you’ll have a greater appreciation for the city, its rich cultural heritage and lesser-known stories.

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Passetto di Borgo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Fast-Track Ticket and Express Tour

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Fast-Track Ticket and Express Tour

Join an express guided 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: Castel Sant'Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Discover the deep history of Castel Sant'Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, is a historic fortress and iconic monument. Originally commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family in the 2nd century AD, the structure later served various purposes throughout history. Over the centuries, Castel Sant'Angelo has functioned as a fortress, a papal residence, and even a prison. Its distinctive cylindrical shape and imposing presence make it a prominent landmark in the Eternal City. The castle is connected to Vatican City by a fortified corridor called the Passetto di Borgo, which served as an escape route for popes in times of danger. Today, Castel Sant'Angelo stands as a museum, showcasing its rich history and housing a diverse collection of art and artifacts. Visitors can explore its well-preserved rooms, dungeons, and terrace, enjoying panoramic views of Rome. The castle stands as a testament to the city's layered history, reflecting the evolution of Rome from ancient times to the present day.

Rome and the Renaissance: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Rome and the Renaissance: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

If Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance, then Rome is its nursery. It’s here that the cultural movement took form, and some of its greatest works were realised. On this Rome walking tour from St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City to Piazza di Spagna, I’ll show you traces of the movement’s evolution through artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini. Ancient Rome will jump out at us around every corner, and we’ll delve into the city’s more distant past too. After all, one key characteristic of the Renaissance was a love of antiquity. You’ll see this side of the movement classically represented throughout the city, in monuments like the Mausoleum of Augustus and, towards the end of our tour, in the famed Villa Medici. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to: • Take in the Spanish Steps, Trinità dei Monti, and Ara Pacis (the Altar of Augustan Peace) as you walk through the city centre • Follow in the footsteps of the Robert Langdon character, from Dan Brown’s book Angels and Demons, in his adventures in St Peter’s Square and Piazza del Popolo • Gaze upon St Peter’s Basilica, commissioned by Julius II, regarded as a driving force for the Renaissance in Rome and central Italy • Discover a few of the city’s quirks, including a miraculous travelling painting, the story of a parrot invasion, and the pope’s secret escape route (known as Passetto di Borgo) from St Peter’s to Castel Sant Angelo • See Chiesa Sacro Cuore del Suffragio, the church that claims to have evidence of the souls in purgatory communicating with our world • Stroll down Via Babuino, a street named after a very ugly statue By the end of this 90-minute tour of Rome, you’ll have a greater appreciation for the city, its rich cultural heritage and lesser-known stories.

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4.9
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The greeter was there on time with the flag. Our reservation was in the system. Our guide was excellent. We skipped the line. The audio and headphones worked well, which is not always the case with some tours. Our guide told a lot of great stories that made the tour fascinating and memorable. I highly recommend it. My kids loved it also. There was another tour company that wouldn’t accept a 12 and 15 year old, but my kids really enjoyed it and were well behaved because it was interesting.

Our guide Agnes was amazing! She was so engaging and friendly, answered all of our questions, and was clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Rome! Thank you for an excellent tour!

the guide had an obvious passion and enthusiasm for the subject matter he was very knowledgeable and made the tour very enjoyable .

Information was great and thorough. Actually ended up lasting over 2 hours when the booking said one hour. Plan accordingly.

The guide was nice and friendly and the tour was great.