GuruWalk Original
Free tour

Exploring Vatican City

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on January 21, 2023

SHOWING YOU THE ETERNAL CITY ! Enjoy authentic local experiences! Since 2009 NEW ROME FREE TOUR, with over 10 tours (free, private and customized tours in English and other languages) offered daily, the oldest and the most reviewed free tour of the Eternal City and in Italy, with the best local freelance and licensed tour guides, who passionately share the city’s history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style. Together with Flaminia, Bogdan, Bruno, and Stefano licensed tour guides and partners of FreeRomeFoodtour and we are proud to present as well,the only pay-what-you-like food tours of Rome.

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Tour description

On our Vatican City Free Tour, you'll discover the secrets hidden in St. Peter's Square and Castel Sant'Angelo. You'll see numerous breathtaking cultural and religious monuments as you walk around the world's smallest state. Please note that for those wishing to visit St. Peter's Basilica, it is essential to adhere to the dress code (shoulders and knees must be covered).

We will meet at Piazza di Ponte Sant Angelo 29, in front of the Antiques shop, at the scheduled time, to start our free tour of Vatican City. We will explore how the city emerged on the banks of the Tiber River, the connections between Sant'Angelo Castle and the Pope, and various other intriguing historical details.

Our journey will commence with a stroll to Borgo Pio, a small Renaissance neighborhood leading to the area outside Castel Sant'Angelo. We'll delve into the origins of this fortress, initially built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family, and discuss unique features such as the striking angel statue crowning the building.

Our next stop will be the entrance of the Passetto di Borgo, the secret passageway constructed by the Vatican in 1277 for the Pope's discreet travel from his residence to Castel Sant'Angelo. You may recall Tom Hanks walking through it in the film 'Angels and Demons'.

Following our visit to the Passetto di Borgo, we'll proceed to the renowned St. Peter's Square. This vast plaza, designed by the architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, is considered one of the most beautiful squares globally.

The final destination on our tour will be St. Peter's Basilica, where we'll marvel at its breathtaking facade and impressive dome. We'll delve into the contributions of various artists, from Michelangelo to Bramante, involved in the construction and design of the Catholic Church's primary shrine.

Our tour will conclude here, and we'll bid our farewells after spending 2 hours exploring Vatican City.

Our tours require a minimum of 4 attendees

Due to the nature and itinerary  of this tour  and Insurance restrictions, (duration 2 hours ), its routte and for safety reasons,  it is NOT SUITABLE for children under 5 years of age USE OF A STROLLER IS NOT POSSIBLE.

Pets and animals (any size) are not allowed ; please send an email to request a special, private tour with your pets at info@newromefreetour.com
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the tour starting time.
Please show the voucher to our guide, mobile ticket accepted. (better printed in order to avoid missing important information).

The maximum per group is 6. Any group larger will be canceled. Bookings for the same tour on different days will be canceled. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Piazza di Ponte S. Angelo, 29, 00186 ...
    Piazza di Ponte S. Angelo, 29, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
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    Piazza di Ponte Sant' Angelo 29 (in front of the Antiques shop)

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Via dei Coronari
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Castel Sant'Angelo
  • 3
    Outside visit
    St. Angelo Bridge
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Parish church of Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Borgo Pio
  • 6
    Outside visit
  • 7
    Outside visit
    St. Peter's Square

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).

Tour opinions

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Steve 15 Apr 2024

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Travelled in family - Apr 2024
Great tour. Great info
Susan 12 Apr 2024

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Travelled in family - Apr 2024
Stefan was enthusiastic and entertaining. We came away with a better understanding of the area
Krisztina 06 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Nice summary and historic stories.
Martyna 05 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
I really really loved the walking tour!! I was very lucky as no one else showed up. Nevertheless, it was not a problem for my tour guide (Flaminia?! I hope that was my guide’s name, I’m so sorry I never asked again after not catching the name at the beginning. I just found this name associated with the tour) she was very informative, super nice and we shared some laughs. I’m very grateful and can totally recommend!!! Molto Grazie
Barbara 05 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Julieta explica muy claro e increiblemente divertida apasionante escucharla!!!!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require 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.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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