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Reserved entrance ticket to Castel Sant Angelo
Self-guided Audio tour with POP Guide app
Restroom facility at the meeting point
Assistance at the meeting point
Free WiFi at the meeting point
10% Discount on the purchases inside St. Peter’s Gallery
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Live guide

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Key Details
Monday - Sunday
Collection point: Savelli Gallery, Visit Europa Today - Piazza Papa Pio XII, 1, 00193, Rome (In front of St Peter's Basilica)
Group: Max 25 people

Before You Go

Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before your chosen time so you do not lose your time slot.

Cover your knees and shoulders


Description

With its rather rough, round exterior, this old fortress is an easily recognizable monument. Though imposing, it often falls under the shadow of the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums hiding within the walls of the Vatican City. Would you believe that this castle and the Vatican share a connection? Not just through history but also by a secret tunnel! In fact, Castel Sant’Angelo Tickets open doors to a lesser-known side of the Vatican.  


The castle was originally built to be a mausoleum for the powerful emperor Hadrian. Later, however, it was converted into a fortress used as a sanctuary for the popes. Today, the fortress houses the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo (Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum) and featuring a varied collection of sculptures, paintings, military memorabilia and even medieval firearms. A short walking distance from the Vatican, Castel Sant’Angelo is not short on surprises. You will even get the chance to enter the secret tunnel connecting the fortress with the Sistine Chapel. The tunnel many popes (like the Pope Clement VII) used to flee from enemy attacks! 


The best part? You won’t miss out on any of the stories thanks to the practical POP audio guide, the best assistant on your self-guided tours. 


Ticket Highlights

Castel Sant’Angelo Tickets with audio guide let you explore the interior of this magnificent National Museum as well as learn all about its history. It sits on the bank of the River Tiber, just a stone’s throw away from the Vatican. It’s impossible to miss the museum entrance. The bronze statue of Archangel Michael on the top of the castle swaying his sword is unmistakable.


Inside, you will be treated to a vast and eclectic collection of artifacts and memorabilia across history. Besides sophisticated Renaissance interiors like the Sala Paolina with frescoes picturing the life of Alexander the Great, you will get to see a plethora of medieval firearms. In fact, a majority of them are the very weapons that were used to protect the fortress! After a walk through a great piece of history, stunning views of Rome will await you on the castle’s terrace.


The Castel Sant Angelo entrance tickets come with a practical POP audio guide, a smartphone app that brings audio tours to the 21st century. Simply download the app, scan the QR code provided at the meeting point and enjoy and detailed commentary at your own pace. 


Given the vicinity, it’s a great idea to pair your visit with the tour of the Vatican. You can get your Vatican Museum tickets right here!

History Sneak Peek

As for the Castel Sant’Angelo (Castle of Holy Angel), its history couldn’t be more exciting. Commissioned by the emperor Hadrian, the structure’s first function was to be a family mausoleum. Later, during the construction of the Aurelian Walls, Hadrian’s mausoleum was fortified and became part of the defensive city wall. 


From that point, the building slowly transformed into a fortress. Its name though, originated in the 6th century. It was when the Vatican renamed the castle and turned it into a papal fortress. Why? Thanks to an angelic vision of Pope Gregory the Great. 

Angelic Vision


Pope Gregory had the vision while crossing the bridge of Hadrian with the penitents’ procession on the way to the St. Peter’s Basilica. The procession was a plea and a prayer to end the plague that was seizing Rome. The pope and other participants saw the vision of Archangel Michael standing on top of the Mausoleum, wiping his flaming sword and returning it to the sheath. Gregory interpreted it as a sign that the plague was about to end. And it did!

Secret Corridor 


The secret corridor connecting the castle with the Vatican is famous as Passetto di Borgo. Perhaps the most famous story associated with it is that of Pope Clement VII and his Swiss Guards. They used it to hide from the army of Charles de Bourbon during the sack of Rome in the first half of the 16th century. 

Through Rome is filled with more famous attractions and people hurry to book the Roman Forum and Colosseum tickets or visit the Capitoline museums, this peculiar fortress is worthwhile. Plus there has never been a better deal on Castel Sant'Angelo ticket with audio guide as this one! A booked ticket you won’t regret.


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