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