Visitors to the Castel S. Angelo museum in Rome can take the Castello Segreto and Castello di Notte tours which include areas usually closed to the public, until 9 September, as part of the ArtCity summer programme of cultural events.
The group tours are conducted in English each day at 10.00 and 16.30 (for maximum of 15 people) and at 20.30 from Thursday to Friday (max 25 people).
The main attraction of the tour is the Passetto di Borgo, an 800m-long escape passage which links the former papal fortress to the Vatican. Other highlights include the prisons used from Renaissance times up to the 19th century, while those curious to know what a 16th-century pope’s bathroom looked like can check out the Stufetta di Clement VII.
Initially built as a mausoleum for the Roman emperor Hadrian and his family, over the centuries Castel S. Angelo was used as a papal fortress and a prison before becoming a state museum in 1925.
For full details of tours and ticket prices see ArtCity website.
Address Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
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English tours of secret papal escape route at Rome's Castel S. Angelo
Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
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