Discover two of the most important monuments of Rome on this 3-hour, private guided tour of the impressive Castel Sant'Angelo and the majestic St. Peter's Basilica. Your expert guide will tell you about their history and mysteries.
Built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian, Castel Sant'Angelo was converted into a papal fortress in the 6th century and named after an angelic vision that Pope Gregory the Great had in 590.Â Nowadays, it houses the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo and its eclectic collection of paintings, sculpture, military memorabilia and medieval firearms.Â A fascinating fact is that the castleÂ hostsÂ a fortified corridor called the âPassetto di Borgoâ that Pope Nicholas III built to connect the castle to St. Peter's Basilica.Â Most famously, Pope Clemente VI holed up here during the 1527 sack of Rome.
Your tour also includes the site thatÂ the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson described as "an ornament of the Earth... the sublime of the beautiful." He was of course talking about St. Peter's Basilica,Â Italyâs largest, richest and most spectacular basilica.Â Built atop an earlier 4th century church, it was completed in 1626 after 120 years of construction.
Its lavish interior contains many spectacular works of art, including three of Italy's most celebrated masterpieces: Michelangeloâs PietÃ , his soaring dome and Berniniâs 29 meter high baldachin over the papal altar.Â Inside the basilica, you'll follow your guide with an audio guide, which will help you to enjoy your visit in a more quiet and deep way.Â A truly enriching and unmissable experience.