Castel Sant’Angelo: a palimpsest of memories

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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.


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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.

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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Clio Muse
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Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193, Rome, Italy

Entrance of Castel St’ Angelo

Ponte Sant'Angelo, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
  • An activation link to access your audio tour
  • 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
  • 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)
  • The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation
  • Non refundable once activated
  • 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
  • All visitors go through security check-in. Please consider that large backpacks and bulky bags/ luggage are not allowed in the site
  • Please note that not all parts of the site are wheelchair accessible

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 17,5 euros
Reduced price ticket from 18- 25 is 3 euros

Charged Android / iOS smartphone & headphones
Directions to Starting Point: Buses 23, 34, 49, 64, 87, 280, 492, 926 and 990. Bus service 40 (express) from the main railway station


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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.

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