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Combo (Save 5%): Castel Sant'Angelo + St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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On this combo tour, visit 2 neighboring sites less than 1 km apart yet in different nations! Get expert guidance at Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Highlights

  • Head to Castel Sant’Angelo on the banks of Tiber River, originally commissioned as Emperor Hadrian’s Mausoleum and then used as a papal fortress!

  • Learn all about the astronomers and artists imprisoned in the castle’s dungeons. Admire the ramparts outside and well-preserved frescoes within.

  • At St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, use the insight from your guide to cherish divine art like Michelangelo’s life-sized Pieta sculpture of Jesus and Mary.

  • From Bernini’s gilded Altar, Tabernacle and Angels to the mysterious Papal Tombs, the world’s largest church holds many architectural surprises.

  • Fun fact: The discreet Passetto di Borgo which connects Castel Sant’Angelo to Vatican City features in Dan Brown's Angels and Demons.

Inclusions

Castel Sant’Angelo

  • Guided tour of Castel Sant'Angelo with entry

  • Expert English-speaking guide

St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica and the Papal Tombs

  • Expert English-speaking guide

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

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Lisa Gasperec

Lisa

5/5

Jul, 2024

Meet up was easy, and our guide was informative! You could spend hours in the Vatican, but for us the hour was perfect at a reasonable price!
Burak Amil

Burak

5/5

Jul, 2024

Laura, our tour guide was an enthusiastic leader for the team and explained every detail in basilica for us. It was a unique experience for us and we'd love to come again.
Fabiola Baia Fernandes de Araujo

Fabiola

5/5

Jul, 2024

Brigida was an excellent guide, very attentive towards my family (which had my 80 years mother) and myself (with a broken foot). Thank you very much!
Adela Sanchez Nunez

Adela

5/5

Jul, 2024

Our tour guide was exceptional! He gave a great and thorough explanation about all important facts of St. PETER'S Basilica and Papal tombs. I definitely recommend utilizing guides.
Russell Eric Bray

Russell

3/5

Jul, 2024

The guide was fantastic with extensive information and checking that everyone was still with the group. but the audio was poor with lots of crackles and it was worse if you were at the back of the group, the interference was bad enough that I had to remove the earpiece a few times so a lot of the guide's information was not heard

An unparalleled experience in Rome! Combine expertly guided tours to these complementary monuments and learn of their intertwined history at a discount.

From a mausoleum to a fortress to a museum

Castel Sant’Angelo has had a long and tumultuous history, meant to be a royal resting place before being converted to a castle-fort for the papacy, and eventually settling for its fate as a museum. Venture through its military exhibits, admire its moats and guarded passageways, and hear the chilling tales of those kept in its dungeons. Get lost in indoor open spaces like the Courtyard of the Angel, and halls like the marble-lined Grand Loggia or the extravagant Paolina Rooms. Be sure to ask your guide lots of questions!

The world’s largest church

Within the Vatican City enclave, St. Peter’s Basilica towers up over the other buildings. Smack under its 448 ft-high dome of Michelangelo lies the resplendent Main Altar, covered by Bernini’s famous bronze canopy or Baldachin. In the grooves of this massive basilica are numerous niche chapels filled with artworks, sculptures, tabernacles, and more by Renaissance greats. Then, venture a level below ground to the Vatican Grottoes and unravel the Papal Tombs. Be in the presence of St. Peter’s supposed sepulcher at Clementine Chapel or pay homage to St. John Paul II's sarcophagi.

Castel St. Angelo

MondayClosed
Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:30 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:30 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Thursday09:00 AM - 07:30 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Friday09:00 AM - 07:30 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Saturday09:00 AM - 07:30 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Sunday09:00 AM - 07:30 PMlast entry 06:30 PM

St Peter's Basilica

Monday07:00 AM - 07:00 PMlast entry 07:00 PM
Tuesday07:00 AM - 07:00 PMlast entry 07:00 PM
Wednesday12:30 PM - 07:00 PMlast entry 07:00 PM
Thursday07:00 AM - 07:00 PMlast entry 07:00 PM
Friday07:00 AM - 07:00 PMlast entry 07:00 PM
Saturday07:00 AM - 07:00 PMlast entry 07:00 PM
Sunday07:00 AM - 07:00 PMlast entry 07:00 PM

What to bring

Castel Sant’Angelo

  • If you are visiting with a baby or a toddler, bring a carrier.

What's not allowed

St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Strict dress code: knees and shoulders must be covered for all guests.

  • Mobile phones must remain on silent mode inside the Basilica.

Accessibility

Castel Sant’Angelo

  • Only some areas of the castle are suitable for the use of prams/strollers and wheelchairs.

St. Peter’s Basilica

  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible. The right semicircle of Saint Peter’s Square is equipped with ramp access into the Basilica. For any special requirements, contact accoglienza@fsp.va in advance.

  • Sign language guided tours are available at the Basilica. This service must be booked at least 48 hours in advance at the following email address: visiteguidate@fsp.va.

Additional information

  • Expect a long wait at security, especially during peak times. Patience is key, it could take up to an hour!
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

Meeting points

Castel Sant'Angelo and St. Peter's Basilica

  • Please check your final vouchers for both attractions for the meeting point details and specific instructions.
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