This tour will take you away from the crowds and carry you into the Roman age right up to the 19th century! You will learn about powerful emperors, intriguing popes, mad rushes, executions and much more!
Meet your guide in front of the entrance to the Castel SantAngelo, next to the bridge, and set off on a 2/3-hour guided tour. Youll learn about all the sculptures located on the Ponte SantAngelo that crosses the citys main river, the Tiber.
After discovering the history of the bridge and its many beautiful statues, with your private guide you will enter without queuing to Castel Sant'Angelo and you will admire the historical development of this important place which has been first a Roman tomb, then a papal residence, fortress, prison, and execution ground, and currently a museum offering one of the most amazing views over the city, its roofs and domes.
The fortress was originally commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a burial chamber for his family and for himself. During the tour, youll visit several rooms used by the popes, including Pope Clement VIIs bathroom decorated by Raphaels frescoes. But beyond the amazing decorations, golden stuccos, sparkling marble floors, the castle hides a dark heart: the dreadful prisons, the most terrible one was inserted in a vent over the elicoidal ramp of Hadrians Mausoleum, a small room accessible just from a trapdoor, and another one in the floor was used to get rid of corpses. The Castel SantAngelo has also inspired several writers and directors, for example, Dan Brown mentions the Castle in his best seller Angels and Demons
Youll climb to the top of the building to the terrace, where youll enjoy stunning views of the Rome and a great place for selfies.
During the visit you will see:
- Emperor Adrian's tomb
- Popish apartments and bastion
- Michelangelo's courtyard
- An amazing panoramic view from the terrace
- Castel Sant'Angelo bridge