Paying homage to the Vatican’s and Castel Sant’Angelo’s intertwined history, we’ll move from one to the other in an exciting tour that includes masterpieces of painting, daring escapes and stunning views of Rome.
|Includes:||Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo
Please note that fom December 8th 2015 to November 20th 2016, due to the Holy Year we might not be able to include St. Peter’s Basilica and Square in our tours. Therefore the tour will focus on the Vatican collections of art and the Sistine Chapel.
|Price (1-4 people):||€ 250 (prices may vary depending on season)|
|Entrance tickets:||Vatican Museums:
Full Price: € 20
Reduced Price (kids 6-18 yo and students of max 25 yo with a valid student card): € 12
|You might need.||knees and shoulders to be covered for both men and women in the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilice. A shawl or scarf is appropriate for the shoulders; trousers or skirts must be BELOW the knee. Backpacks and large umbrellas must be checked at the cloackroom.|
After a brief visit to the Vatican Museums, which will of course include the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, this tour will lead us to the Borgo neighborhood and its many alleys. Before getting to Castel Sant’Angelo, we’ll walk just beneath the legendary Passetto di Borgo – the Pope’s secret exit from the Vatican, with its long corridor allowing for a quick escape route in case of attack, leading into the fortified walls of the Castello. Besides offering shelter to Popes throughout history, Castel Sant’Angelo is a fascinating building and one of the best example of Rome’s layered construction history. It was born as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, a burial site for the Emperor and his descendants. In the late Imperial period, it was swallowed up by the city fortification, becoming a part of the Aurelian Walls and receiving appropriate modifications like an underground prison, cannons, a moat and a drawbridge. Pope Clement VII must have surely appreciated the renovation when he barricaded himself in the Castello during the Sack of Rome (using the Passetto to fool the mercenary forces of the Landsknecht, of course!). We’ll make sure to chart the many transformations of Castel Sant’Angelo during the tour – luckily, they’re all pretty evident – before heading up to the Cupola and its magnificent view of Rome.