Best things to do in Rome: 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.
13 participants maximum
Best things to do in Rome
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 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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Tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica
Entrance fee to Castel Sant’ Angelo. Admission fees to St. Angel Castle are not included in the tour rate. The fee is EUR 15 per adult. All those with a valid student ID from EU country; admission fees are EUR 11 per person. All those under 18 years of age with a valid ID; admission fees are EUR 3 per person.
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Tour meeting point
Ponte Sant’Angelo, Ponte Sant’Angelo, 00186 Roma, Italia
Meet on the Ponte Sant’Angelo, opposite Castel Sant’ Angelo.
Tours end on St. Peter’s Square, unless otherwise advised prior to your tour.