Castel Sant’ Angelo Skip the Line Small Group Tour in Rome

Visit Hadrian’s Tomb, learn about the legend of Archangel Michael, and view stunning frescoes!

Travel Flexibly · 2.30h · Rome, Italy

Searching for a comprehensive tour of Castel Sant’ Angelo while you’re in Rome? On this small group tour, your expert guide will walk you through the ancient Mausoleum of Hadrian, telling intriguing stories and detailing the castle’s rich history as you explore. Visit Hadrian’s Tomb, learn about the legend of Archangel Michael, and wander through the ornate papal apartments and corridors of this magnificent, cylindrical castle with skip-the-line tickets and a knowledgeable guide by your side.

  • New Tour
  • Skip-the-line Tickets​
  • Step Back in Time​
  • Archangel Gabriel Statue​
  • Enter Ancient Mausoleum of Hadrian​
  • Unlock the Passetto Secrets​
  • 2.5-hours guided tour​
  • Panoramic Views of Rome and the Vatican​
  • Rome's Treasures at Castel Sant’ Angelo​
  • Timeless Charms of Ancient Rome​

To begin immersing yourself in the fascinating history of Castel Sant’ Angelo, meet your friendly guide and small group of fellow travelers right outside of the historic building. Your helpful guide will have skip-the-line tickets ready, so you’ll be able to cruise past the long line of tourists and head straight inside the museum!

Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through what was once the Mausoleum of Hadrian, beginning with a visit to the Roman Emperor’s tomb. Next, admire the Archangel Micheal that sits atop the castle, as your guide details the intriguing legend behind the famous statue.

Continue exploring this historic site as you wander past jaw-dropping frescoes, explore papal apartments, and discover the ornate corridors of the castle. As your guide explains more about the building’s rich history, admire the stunning sculptures of angels at every corner, created by iconic artists such as Bernini, Raggi, and Morelli.

Your comprehensive tour ends here, though you’re free to continue exploring the castle ground or venture to the historic sites of the Eternal City at your leisure!

Castel Sant’ Angelo Tour Description

Your 2.5-hour tour includes:

  • Expert, local guide

  • Skip-the-line access tickets

  • Guided tour of Castel Sant’ Angelo

  • See Hadrian’s Tomb and Papal corridors of the castle

  • Look at stunning frescoes and sculptures

  • Small group of only 15 people at most

Meet Your Guide

Your journey through the historic Castel Sant’ Angelo begins right outside this striking, cylindrical building located in Lungotevere Castello. Here, your history-loving guide will be waiting to greet you, along with your intimate group of only 15 fellow travelers at most.

Once all of your group members have arrived, follow your guide through the entrance of the castle. Thanks to your skip-the-line tickets, you’ll breeze past the long line of tourists!

Nestled along the Tiber River, Castel Sant' Angelo stands as a timeless sentinel, gracefully bridging the gap between ancient history and the vibrant heartbeat of Rome.

Visit Hadrian’s Tomb

Castel Sant’ Angelo, otherwise known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, was originally opened in 139 AD, as a mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his family. Upon entering the ancient building, your expert guide will lead you to Hadrian’s Mole, which is the actual tomb of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Listen intently as your guide tells fascinating stories of the famous emperor.

The Legend of Archangel Michael

Continue touring the historic museum, which was once used as a fortress and castle for previous Popes. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the intriguing legend of the Archangel Michael that stands atop the mausoleum. It is said that his sword signified the end of the plague of 590 and is the reason behind the castle’s name.

The Passetto, a Hidden Passage of Intrigue

Delve into the mysteries of the Passetto, an ancient secret passage connecting the castle to Vatican City. Hear tales of its historical significance, including its use as an escape route for popes during times of danger. Your expert guide will reveal intriguing anecdotes that bring the stone walls to life. The Passetto's clandestine charm and strategic role add an extra layer of fascination to your exploration of Castel Sant' Angelo, offering a glimpse into the hidden chapters of Rome's storied past.

Marvel at Impressive Art

As your guide leads you through the many corridors of the castle, you’ll be mesmerized by the spectacular frescoes that line the walls. Marvel at the papal apartments and intricate design of the castle’s interior as your guide explains more about its rich history. As you stroll, admire the breathtaking angel sculptures that adorn the halls, many of which were created by legendary artists such as Bernini, Raggi, and Morelli.

Once your tour is complete, you’re free to continue exploring the mysteries of the castle or head to nearby landmarks of the Eternal City at your leisure!

What you get with this tour
Expert guide
Skip-the-line tickets
Guided visit through Castel Sant’ Angelo
See Hadrian’s Tomb
Explore the Papal Corridors and apartments of the castle
Marvel at impressive frescoes and sculptures
Learn about the legend of Archangel Michael
Small group of only 15 people max
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dress according to the season.

Where to meet?

You will meet your guide in front of Castel Sant’Angelo.

What to bring?

We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dress according to the season.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, this tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Rome.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

Due to the walking involved in this tour and the layout of the castle, this tour is unfortunately not suitable for guests with mobility concerns or wheelchair users.

What happens if it rains?

We run our Castel’ Sant Angelo tours rain or shine.

Is there any chance my tour might be canceled?

On the rare occasion the tour is canceled, we'll inform you as soon as possible. We will work with you to reschedule your tour when possible or provide a full refund.

Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

Castel Sant’ Angelo is not considered a religious site and does not enforce a dress code.

How comprehensive is this tour?

This is our most comprehensive tour of Castel Sant’ Angelo and will take you to all the most important elements of the castle. Your informative guide will also explain each area of the castle in great detail.

Does Castel Sant’ Angelo ever experience sudden closures?

Yes, due to unforeseen circumstances, Castel Sant’ Angelo could experience sudden closures. If this happens, we will let you know immediately and work on a solution together.

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

Lunch is not included, but your guide will be happy to recommend one of their favorite spots for you, after your tour.

Can I bring my kids and do I have to pay for them?

Kids of all ages are welcome on this tour. Please note the price is the same for all ages.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No hotel pickup is included on this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designated meeting point outside of Castel Sant’ Angelo.

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends at Castel Sant’ Angelo, though you’re free to stay as long as you’d like!

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