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Skip-the-lines Castel Sant'Angelo and Pope Paul III Apartments Tour

Roma, Italy
Skip-the-lines Castel Sant'Angelo and Pope Paul III Apartments Tour

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Castel Sant’Angelo is one of Rome’s most striking landmarks and this 90-minute guided tour will ensure you make the most of your visit. Enjoy skip-the-line access, visit the Pope Paul III Apartments, see Hadrian’s tomb, and take in the views from the terrace.
  • 1.5-hour guided walking tour of Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome
  • Explore the historic castle, including the papal apartments and the tomb of Emperor Hadrian
  • Enjoy magnificent views over Rome from the terrace
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience
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Local guide
Small group tour (no more than 10 people)
Amazing view over the city of Rome
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
St. Angelo Bridge , Ponte Sant'Angelo, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Point: Outside the main gate of Castel Sant'Angelo (attention: not inside ticket office) Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50 Directions: Take the bridge of Angels until you reach the gate of the castle Return point: Concludes at the castle

3:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide and small group of up to 15 people outside Castel Sant’Angelo in time for a 3pm departure. Then, set out to discover the mighty fortress of Castel Sant' Angelo, built in 139AD to house the tomb of Emperor Hadrian and later converted to a castle in the 14th century.

Learn about its fascinating history as a castle, refuge and prison from your guide as you explore the ruins, admire sculptures by Bernini, Raggi and Morelli, and walk in the footsteps of former Popes as you visit the papal apartments. With your convenient skip-the-line tickets, jump the queue and head straight into the star attraction – the grand mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian. Finally, enjoy a spectacular view over Rome from the castle terrace.
Stop At:  
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
After meeting at the gate, your guide will lead you into Castel Sant’Angelo with your skip-the-line tickets. The castle was the tomb of Emperor Hadrian and many of his successors were buried there. The castle was also used by popes as the State Treasury,  a prison and  location for public executions. On your tour, you will see magnificent art, the emperor’s burial place, the courtyard of executions, the Papal Apartments, the treasury room, and much more. You will even step out onto the terrace for a breathtaking view over Rome. You will enjoy the pleasure and privilege of a semi-private tour, in a group that does not exceed 10 participants
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Raphael Tours in Rome
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The guide speaks fluent English
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes
  • Photography is allowed and you can take great panoramic pictures from the terrace of the castle
  • Minimum numbers do apply: there is a possibility of cancelation after confirmation if there are not enough participants to meet the requirements. In such an event, you will be offered an alternative
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Raphael Tours & Events
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-lines Castel Sant'Angelo and Pope Paul III Apartments Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-lines Castel Sant'Angelo and Pope Paul III Apartments Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was awesome. He is funny and has great storytelling ability, full of details, definitely, he was the best tour guide we had on our trip.
Worth booking!
, Jun 2022
Guide communicated information with exactness yet not too much detail...unless you asked. Perfect delivery and timing from one stop to another. On time.
Very good tour
, Dec 2019
I enjoyed this very complete and informative tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and answered all questions.
Castel Sant'Angelo Tour
, Nov 2019
We appreciated being able to skip the line and just get started on our tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and added so much more to our tour, She shared details and facts that made our tour much more enjoyable.
Castel Tour
, Sep 2019
We had a fabulous tour with Virginia! We felt very VIP spoiled as we were the only people on the tour in Sunday. She very knowledgeable, she spoke wonderful English and really took the time to give excellent pointers on the location. Loved the Pope escape passage and all the explanations on the different Popes and timelines of the place. Also was very surprised to see an Bvlgari Jewelry exhibit inside with priceless jewels from their Hollywood movie classic collection. Rate 10+
Great Small Tour
, Jun 2019
Really loved our tour guide - so smart and knowledgeable. We had just 4 in our group so attention to questions and interest were super!! Not only was this informative but entertaining. I would highly recommend to others. Viator has always been our choice every time we visit!
Nice Tour but Expensive
, May 2019
We enjoyed our time with Claudia who was lovely and knowledgeable and did a very nice job. However at $195 for the two of us, this was the most expensive tour we took, including tours of Pompeii and the Vatican at night. Although it was enjoyable, it was overpriced.
, May 2019
Our guide was on time and his knowledge of the tour was fantastic he was able to answer any of our questions was not in a hurry to finish, really was a great tour
This tour was excellent. Claudia...
Jennifer T
, Jun 2018
This tour was excellent. Claudia was awesome, very knowledgeable and really made this tour special. The views from the top of the castle were amazing and Claudia was kind enough to take pictures of my husband and I in various places. Told me everything we wanted to know about the castle and learned amazing things while going through the entire castle.
Well informed and friendly guide...
, May 2018
Well informed and friendly guide. Castel Sant' Angelo isn't very grand on the inside, but it is worth visiting once for the beautiful views on the terrace and the layers of history around it. The guided tour definitely helped us understand the monument better.
Our guide Marco was very...
, Mar 2018
Our guide Marco was very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating, made sure we skipped the line at the entrance, gave us a lot of useful information as we walked through the castle and really interacted with us, picking up on our specific interests and questions. He was genuinely dedicated and interested but at the same time relaxed and friendly, did a great job, we highly recommend him!
Claudia, our tour guide, is fantastic...
, Mar 2018
Claudia, our tour guide, is fantastic! Energetic, knowledgeable and friendly!
Highly reccommend this tour . There...
, Mar 2018
Highly reccommend this tour . There were only three of us on the tour which was a bonus. Our guide was Claudia and she was very knowledgable and could provide us with little tidbits and stories which I feel you would not get on a self guided tour. Castle Sant'Angelo does not seem to be as high up on the radar as other Rome destinations however definately worth the visit.
Superb. Our tour guide Claudia, made...
Daniel D
, Nov 2017
Superb. Our tour guide Claudia, made this tour come alive with her presentation of the Castel SantAngelos history and features of the Papal apartments, her presentation is energetic, and her knowledge of Castel SantAngelo is excellent. We particularly enjoyed our tour guides knowledge of Pope Alexander the VI and the intrigue surrounding the Borgia family. We were fascinated to learn of the Popes secret escape route from the Vatican to Castel SantAngelo. Some of the many highlights included the secret trap doors, prisons, a stage for presenting plays, the papal coffers, the daring escapes made from the Castle, and the religious and military significance of the Castle. It was interesting to learn of the many uses of the castle and the numerous additions to the original mausoleum. The pace of the tour was comfortable, and Claudia did not allow other group leaders with very large groups interfere with our tour and focused on us having fun on this tour which we did.
Very good tour especially skip the...
, Oct 2017
Very good tour especially skip the line aspect. 2nd time in Rome and did this as hadn't done it the first time around. Only once inside do you realise how large this building is. Plenty included within the 90 minutes.
This tour was great our guide Mark...
Sam F
, Oct 2017
This tour was great our guide Mark made it really interesting and answered all our questions, recommend!
Really interesting tour. Our guide...
Carol H
, Aug 2017
Really interesting tour. Our guide, Marco, was very knowledgeable and gave us information we would never have been aware of if we toured on our own. The duration was just right - enough to give a good overview of the Castel, but not too long to become tiring. We did this tour in mid-August afternoon. May want to consider booking a morning tour to avoid the heat at that time of year.
Our Tour Guide - Marco - was...
René J
, Aug 2017
Our Tour Guide - Marco - was incredible. He had a huge knowledge about the history of Castel Sant'Angelo and Rome in particular. He has great personality, extrovert, humor and passion for history. Our children were very excited about the tour.
amazing and fascinating place. I loved...
, Jun 2017
amazing and fascinating place. I loved the tour, highly recommended!
A pleasant surprise! Loved it! Our...
, May 2017
A pleasant surprise! Loved it! Our tour guide, Rosy Raphael Tours was informative and enthusiastic.

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