Duration: 2 hours
Starting Time: 9.30 AM – 2.30 PM
Tour Tipology: private only
Tickets price: 10 € adults, 5 € children.
• Tour Useful Information and Prices •
- Your guide is local, LICENSED and specialized in Roman history
- A perfect tour for your kids and for the whole family!
- Castel S. Angelo is a few minutes away from S. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, it is a perfect tour to match with a Vatican Museums Tour!
- TICKETS: The entrance fee is NOT included in the tour guide fees
- Cost of the tickets: 10€ adults; 5€ reduced tickets (under 18)
ON THE WINGS OF AN ANGEL:
CASTEL SANT’ANGELO TOUR
THE TOMB THAT WAS TURNED INTO A FORTRESS
You might have noticed the angel that sits atop this impressive building. Have a look from a city balcony or peek out of a window of the Vatican Museums, you will notice and recognize it: “Castel Sant’Angelo”! THE CASTLE OF THE HOLY ANGEL!
Why was this castel built? Who built it? Is this a real castle? Why “Angel”? Is that a real castle moat?! Get all the answers in this charming Castel San’Angelo tour!
Would you believe that before being turned into a castle by the popes this was …a tomb ?? Come with our licensed, local guides and discover all the secrets of the tomb of Publio Elio Adriano…Hadrian!…the emperor who built the wall!! Perhaps the most fascinating among the Roman emperors: philosopher, sculptor, architect, painter and…Emperor in his spare time! Hadrian chose the right bank of the river Tiber to build a mausoleum for himself and his family: our guides will captivate you with the incredibile story of his life!
FIRST A MAUSOLEUM AND THEN A FORTRESS!
In the 6th century this imposing mausoleum became a part of the Roman fortifications and was later turned into a strategic fortress by the Popes.
STRONG, HUGE, AWAY FROM THE CITY CENTER…It was soon clear that anyone taking refuge in this fortress would be safe!
From the Middle Ages onwards the castle was used as a prison; ask your local guide about the “controversial” methods used to re-educate prisoners and how the Popes complained of their unexpected resistance! Some say that their ghosts have still not abandoned the building …
…AND BACK TO POPES!
Discover the crests of the powerful families that have bought, renovated, changed and finally pillaged Castel S. Angelo up to the year 1277 when it was finally placed back into the hands of the Popes.
During Castel Sant’Angelo Tour your professional guide will enchant you with the adventurous story of the famous “Passetto”: a hanging passageway still running from the Vatican State to the Castle.
In times of danger it provided sanctuary to the Popes, helpingthem get quickly away from the papal apartments in case of attack! Most famously, as our guides will tell you, Pope Clemente VI holed up here during the 1527 sack of Rome!
Climb a few steps up to the terrace and enjoy an UNFORGETTABLE VIEW over Rome; you will be where Tosca, the immortal Puccini opera character, took her life!
CASTEL SANT’ANGELO TOUR: FROM A PRISON TO A PALACE!
We owe its present beauty, along with its Renaissance interiors and gorgeous paintings to the Popes. You will admire the beautiful sala Paolina and the frescoes by Raphael’s pupils…not to be missed!
A TOMB, A FORTRESS, A PRISON, A LUXURIOUS PALACE, AN OPERA SETTING, AND ONE OF THE BEST VIEWS OVER ROME…WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR?!
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!
That’s what people say about us…
This was my second tour with Joy of Rome and Francesca maintained the very high standard of their guides. All the organisational details were very clear, which was really... read more
We took our Colosseum and Vatican tours with Grace, from Joy of Rome Tours.
She was a very experienced, knowledgeable, funny and courteous guide, willing to answer all... read more
All 4 of our tours were incredible. We did the "Highlights of Rome Tour" with Jeanette, and the rest with Francesca. Both guides were phenomenal, especially Francesca whose passion for... read more
We booked 2 days of tour. Meeting point was easy to find, instructions given was clear.
This is possibly one of the best tours we have done. Francesca is so... read more
I didn’t think I was much a fan of tours, until my partner and I had these two tours from our amazingly talented guide, Francesca!
She was prompt,... read more
We toured the Vatican today with Francesca, and she was absolutely outstanding! We had our two young children with us (ages 5 and 8), and she was excellent at engaging... read more
Excellent tour with Grace! She was so full of knowledge- answered all questions so well, and we so great with our 3 younger kids. Can’t rave enough about her!
We spent a delightful morning at the Museums with our guide, Nicole. The Museums have a magnificent collection that documents the history of Rome and our guide could not have... read more
This was the very first tour that we did on our trip and Cristiano was an excellent guide. We met in Campo de' Fiori after a quick breakfast in... read more
We were setup with this tour by Beach Bum Vacations and wow did it not disappoint. The focus for this tour was the Coliseum and I really wanted to... read more
Our family enjoyed our tour with Francesca very much. It was way above our expectations! Francesca made Rome history come alive and there was never a dull moment throughout... read more
We have the pleasure of doing two tours with Joy of Rome. We did the kids Vatican tour with Francesca and the Colosseum tour with Nicole. Both tours were... read more
Grace brought her passion and excitement as soon as we see her from a distance. She was aware of the kids attention span and knew when to re-engage or change... read more
Francesca was fabulous. Super enthusiastic and very very knowledgeable! The whole process from booking to communication about meeting point etc were wonderful and very organized. I highly recommend Joy of... read more
- Angela C
We absolutely loved our tours! Francesca was incredible with our two boys, ages 5 & 8. We did two tours with her, the Vatican and the Colosseum. She was... read more
The tour guide was super children friendly. She took her time to answer all the kid’s questions even silly ones.
Our three children and two grandparents absolutely loved this tour. Our kids were engaged from the start and the history was conveyed on their level. My husband also said that... read more
La nostra guida Marta è riuscita ad incantare grandi e piccini! Marta è una guida di grande competenza e squisita pazienza e garbo. Speriamo di poter tornare presto a... read more
Esperienza unica I miei bambini io e mia madre non dimenticheremo mai il Colosseo I Fori e La nostra guida Francesca che ha reso magico un pomeriggio alla scoperta... read more
Ilaria ci ha condotto attraverso la storia con entusiasmo rendendo una visita impegnativa adatta anche ad una bambina di 11 anni riuscendo a coinvolgendola con passione
Abbiamo partecipato al tour di due ore per bambini al Colosseo e non avremmo potuto fare scelta migliore!! Francesca la nostra guida è stata semplicemente fantastica!! Paziente soprattutto con i... read more
- Marco S
Tour di Roma antica il 27 aprile 2019. Tour meraviglioso!!!!! lo staff di Francesca è stato spettacolare sia per tutto il supporto organizzativo nel sedare i nostri dubbi sia nel... read more
Visita al museo d'arte moderna organizzata dalla Joy of Rome ......che spettacolo se poi ti capita una guida come la nostra sig. Arianna Mura il divertimento è ... read more
Tour eccellente con Arianna Mura: guida competente e con un linguaggio esperto ma facilmente comprensibile. Attraverso le sue esposizioni, si percepisce chiaramente la passione posta sugli argomenti da lei... read more
Arianna Mura è una guida dotata di alta competenza, esaustiva, comunicativa e di facile comprensione. Abbiamo vissuto un'esperienza più che soddisfacente nel seguirla attraverso la mostra sulle donne e l'arte... read more
|Duration 2/2.5 hours|
|Number of people||Type of Tour|
Up to 8 people
* Please note that we reserve the right to vary the prices shown on our website at any time before you book (during Bank Holidays, National Holidays, Christmas Holidays, Easter Holidays, or last minute bookings).You will be advised of the current price at the time of booking. Once you have booked we will not increase your tour price other than for changes in VAT or any other Venues or Government imposed levy.