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The Rome of the Popes: from Castel Sant'Angelo to the Vatican

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English, Italian
Quality Verified Registered on February 07, 2020

I was born and raised in Rome, the Eternal City. I am a Licensed Tour Guide and I graduated in History of Rome. I love meeting people from all over the world, sharing with them my knowledge of the most important sights along with the lesser known ones. Being a Tour Guide means to me leading tours with passion and with a hint of humor.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The tour starts in Castel Sant'Angelo, once a monumental mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian, later transformed into a fortress and prison of the Papal States. Many well-known characters were locked up in the cells of this famous monument that stands out on the right bank of the Tiber river. The visit does not include the entrance to the Castle. We will later move along Via della Conciliazione to Piazza San Pietro where you can admire the wonderful Colonnade of Gian Lorenzo Bernini before entering the most famous Basilica in the world. I will tell you about the long and complex history of this place so significant in the Christian history of the city of Rome and I will illustrate the treasures and relics preserved in this magnificent Basilica. To access the Basilica appropriate clothing is required so I recommend no shorts and covered shoulders. Minimum 5 people

N.B. To visit the Basilica we must use earphones that we collect before entering the church and they cost €1.50 per person 

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  • Meeting point:
    Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
    Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
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    In front of the entrance to Castel Sant'Angelo, at the end of Sant'Angelo bridge.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Eremigio 07 Jan 2024
Marcianise

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Travelled in family - Jan 2024
Maria Grazia un mostro di bravura e competenza. Brava
Anna 04 Jan 2024
Bologna

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Travelled in group - Jan 2024
Gita bellissima, Maria Grazia bravissima
Elena 04 Jan 2024
Bovezzo

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Travelled in family - Jan 2024
Guru molto preparato con spiegazioni interessanti. Tour consigliatissimo!
Concetta 08 Dec 2023
Milan

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Travelled in family - Dec 2023
Preparatissima,cortese e disponibile,sicuramente la migliore guru che ho incontrato tra tutti i miei viaggi
Jacqueline 13 Nov 2023
Manila

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Maria is VERY knowledgeable about St Peter Basilica and the Popes! We thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, the art and little (but important) tidbits about the Basilica we would have otherwise not notice if it weren’t for Maria. Just be prepared to line up to enter the Basilica, which is just a normal everyday occurrence. But even in line, she had interesting stories about Rome, Vatican and other interesting historical bits. This is certainly a not to be missed tour as we got to appreciate the Vatican more.
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Accepts reservations up to 8 people.
Pets
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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