Castel Sant’Angelo: a palimpsest of memories


Tommaso Raschiatore










Human Voice


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.


  • The room of Cupid and Psyche

    1. The room of Cupid and Psyche

    Who needs to count sheep to fall asleep in such a beautiful bedroom? When Pope Paul III went to bed the beautiful story of Cupid and Psyche distracted him from his worries and concerns.
  • The statue of the angel

    2. The statue of the angel

    One of the most recognizable features of the castle is the statue of the angel alluding to the miraculous vision of Pope Gregory. It took quite long, though, until the Archangel settled in properly.
  • The Paolina Hall

    3. The Paolina Hall

    A Pope with a profound humanist education and a patron of the arts, Paul III couldn’t have commissioned something less impressive and sumptuous than the richly adorned sala Paolina.

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Tommaso Raschiatore

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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AddressLungotevere Castello, 50, 00193, Rome, Italy
Starting pointEntrance of Castel St' Angelo
Finishing pointPonte Sant'Angelo, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
  • Secure promo code to access the tour after downloading the app
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English
  • Offline content with an offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges
  • Entrance fee/ ticket to Castel Sant’ Angelo
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak in public areas
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Know before you book
  • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • Please consider that admission fee for Castel Sant’ Angelo is not included
  • Please book per device to be used, not per participant
  • After booking, you will receive an email from Clio Muse Tours, with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Please note that for the audio tour you must have an Android or iOS smartphone and make sure you have enough storage space on your phone (100-150 MB)
Know before you go
  • Check the email that you’ve received from Clio Muse Tours, and follow the instructions in order to access your tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Please consider that internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak in public areas. So kindly, download the tour on your smartphone, prior to your visit, to access them offline and avoid roaming charges
  • The audio tour can be used repeatedly both online and offline. Use your headphones to best enjoy it
  • Prior to your visit, make sure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring on a pair of earphones/headphones
AreasΤhe 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
Opening hours every day 9.00 - 19.30
Additional admissionFull price ticket is 15 euros Reduced price ticket from 18- 25 is 3 euros
Mandatory ItemsCharged Android / iOS smartphone & headphones
CommentsDirections to Starting Point: Buses 23, 34, 49, 64, 87, 280, 492, 926 and 990. Bus service 40 (express) from the main railway station

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.

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