Rome Sant Angelo

Planning a vacation to Rome? Then you will probably visit the Colosseum, Vatican, St Peters and… Castel Sant Angelo in Rome! Yes, this historic gem should not be forgotten! Not far from the Vatican and all its big attractions, located on the right bank of the Tiber River, this historic landmark was initially built in the 2nd century for the Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum or a tomb for him and his family, and was called the Mausoleum of Hadrian.

Later it was turned into a castle that Popes used for refuge since it had a direct underground passageway to the Vatican. This castle was the tallest building in Rome. Today this building is a national museum, where you will visit a treasury room inside the building with the urns containing the ashes of Hadrian, his wife Sabina, and his children. A Baroque statue of the Passion of Christ is an art work that you shouldn’t miss when you’re there.

Visiting the Castel Sant Angelo in Rome – here’s what you need to know

The place went through lots of battles, and one of the most important remains of the tomb is located in Saint Peter’s Basilica and is a capstone of a funerary urn. The name of the castle comes from a legend; it was believed that the Archangel Michael appeared on the tomb with his sword as a symbol of the plague of 590. This is not the only legend about this castle, but we wouldn’t want to spoil your visit by telling every little detail already now!

Castel Sant’Angelo is a remarkable building from the outside as well as from the inside. The many rooms are decorated with frescoes, long spiraling corridor, and a much darker floors, where they used to have the prison and a torture chamber. Another great feature is the bronze Angel Statue sculpted by Pieter Verschaffelt in the 18th century, located on the top of the fortress.

The nearby attractions surrounding Sant Angelo in Rome are worth your attention as well. In our video guides we have several tips and locations we suggest you to visit in the direct area, so make use of them to get the most out of your visit of this attraction-packed part of the city! We highly recommend you visit the most beautiful bridge in Rome that connects the castle to the city. Also you are close to the Piazza Navona, home of the famous Fontanai Quattro Fiumi built by the greatest sculptor of Rome: Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.

USD 70.65$

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.

If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.

USD 60.22$

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!

USD 382.19$

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.

Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.

USD 155.19$

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.

USD 149.63$