Discover Sant’ Angelo castle at your own pace, with a fascinating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone.
Enter the castle and explore its gems with an award-winning storytelling concept. Once you’ve entered the historic castle, you’ll head toward a large open space, once home to the executions courtyard. There, you’ll listen to the stories of famous heretics tortured by the Roman Inquisition. Getting deeper into the castle, you’ll learn about its early history as a Mausoleum for Emperors. You’ll climb up the 2nd-century brick-walled ramp leading to the room where the cinerary urns of Hadrian and his family were once placed. During your visit, you’ll also admire in awe the luxurious Sala Paolina, the beauty of Perino Del Vaga’s decorative complex and the stunning Room of Cupid and Psyche.
Obviously, one of the highlights of your tour will be the visit to the castle’s terrace! From there you’ll take glimpses of the famous Passetto di Borgo, the once-secret passageway of the Popes! The iconic statue of the Angel standing imposingly on the rooftop will also greet you before leaving the dreamy castle. Having enjoyed a mesmerizing panorama of the Eternal city, you’ll head to Ponte Sant’ Angelo to end your tour with the stories and legends of the prettiest bridge that spans the river Tiber!
This is an unmissable opportunity to discover the stories of a monument tied to the history of Rome!
* Ticket/entrance fee to Castel Sant’ Angelo is not included.
A Place to Feel Safe
Since the castle was impregnable, Pope Nicholas III Orsini decided to have it connected with the Vatican Palaces through the Passetto di Borgo, an elevated passage linking Castel Sant’ Angelo with the Vatican city. From this moment on, the Castle would remain tied to the history of the Popes, who used it as their fortress and shelter at times of danger. The perimeter walls were added and many additional improvements were commissioned so that the castle could accommodate the papal apartments. Alexander VI Borgia had a new apartment built and commissioned the frescoes to Pinturicchio while Clement VII had a private bathroom decorated with pagan motifs constructed for him.
A classical archaeologist with an MA in Management and Administration at SDA Bocconi. He worked in the most important museums of Rome for three years, protecting, preserving and enhancing the cultural heritage of the city.
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Entrance of Castel St’ Angelo
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Τhe Executions Court, the Room of the Urns, the Armeria, the Paolina Hall, the Room of Cupid and Psyche, the Treasure Room, the Cagliostra, the Terrace, Passetto di Borgo, the Statue of the Angel, Sant’Angelo Bridge
every day 9.00 – 19.30
Full price ticket is 15 euros
Reduced price ticket from 18- 25 is 3 euros
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Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.