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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 museums seven floors to discover an extensive collection of ancient artefacts and perfectly preserved frescoes from the Renaissance period. Built in 135AD 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.

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

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

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.

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Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Private Tour with Hotel Pickup

3. 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.

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Rome Like a Local 3-Hour Private Tour

4. Rome Like a Local 3-Hour Private Tour

Get off the usual tourist trail on a private 3-hour guided tour of Rome, and bring the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” to life as you discover city secrets and 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. Check out local breweries, and sample a slice of the best pizza in town. 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. 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.

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What people are saying about Ponte Sant'Angelo

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 882 reviews

you need to look for a contact person before going into the castle. They will give you the tickets, in exchange for your voucher. We had an audio guide for which we needed to download an app onto our phones. Everything went very smoothly and the audio tour was very interesting. I would definitely take this tour again!

Great tour. We enjoyed having a glass of wine on the 4th level. The views were breathtaking at the top. Recommend going about 45-minutes before sunset for the best experience.

The exchange of the voucher was done in a jiffy as a geturguide agent was standing right at the entrance with an orange umbrella.

Easy to get the ticket. Castel Saint’Angelo is also a very interesting trip and also part of the roman history. Worth the visit

Nice place to visit. A lady waited us in front of entry in the rain. Very helpful and responsible. Thanks for help