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    We liked it a lot! Thanks to the guided tour we better understood the city of Rome, how it has evolved over time and how spaces are conditioned by their context. Also, that the additional tips on where to eat were spot on. We recommend the tour, thanks Bea! :) Rosa Maria and Oscar
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  • The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English. English
  • 1 hour 15 minutes - 1 hour 30 minutes
Free!

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. 

We currently don’t have any scheduled dates for this activity.

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. 

Vatican City Free Tour

Having met up at Piazza Cavour at the scheduled time, we'll start our free tour of Vatican City. We'll discover how the city arose on the banks of the Tiber River, the links that exist between the Sant'Angelo Castle and the Pope, and many other interesting historical details. 

We'll begin by strolling to Borgo Pio, a small Renaissance neighborhood that'll take us to the area outside Castel Sant'Angelo. We'll discuss the origins of this fortress, which was originally built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family, and its unique details such as the striking statue of an angel which crowns the building. 

Our next stop will be the entrance of the Passeto di Borgo, the secret passageway built by the Vatican in 1277 so the Pope could travel from his residence to Castel Sant'Angelo undetected. You may remember Tom Hanks walking through it in the film Angels and Demons

After visiting the Passeto di Borgo, we'll head to the famous St. Peter's Square. This colossal plaza was designed by the architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini and is considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world.

The last place we'll see on our tour will be St. Peter's Basilica, where we'll be able to admire its breathtaking façace and impressive dome. We'll talk about the different artists, from Michaelangelo to Bramante, who participated in the construction and design of the Catholic Church's main shrine.

We'll say our goodbyes here and finish the tour after 1 hour and 30 minutes spent exploring Vatican City.

Groups

On this Vatican City Free Tour, we're unable to accept bookings for more than 6 people. If you're in a larger group, you can book our Private Walking Tour of Rome.

Tours of the Vatican and Castel Sant'Angelo

If you'd like to go inside some of the places you'll see on our free walking tour, you can reserve a guided tour of the Vatican, which includes entry to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. If you're interested in heading inside Emperor Hadrian's mausoleum, we recommend checking out our Castel Sant'Angelo Tour. 

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Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

We currently don’t have any scheduled dates for this activity.

Meeting point

Where does the activity end?

Piazza Cavour

St. Peter's Square

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Where does the activity end?

St. Peter's Square