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"Tomb, Dungeon, Fortress" Castel Sant'Angelo Tip by tinyvulture

Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome: 145 reviews and 284 photos

  St. Peter's seen from Castel Sant'Angelo
by tinyvulture
 
 

Castel Sant Angelo, with its fierce sword-wielding angel statue at the very top, was designed as a tomb for the emperor Hadrian, but later on it was used as a dungeon and as a fortress to protect the Vatican. There are still some cannons and other weapons on display, left over from that time. There are also some little artist studios, and a cafe. Great views from the top! The Ponte Sant Angelo bridge in front of it crosses over the Tiber, and has beautiful angel sculptures all along it, carved by Bernini.

Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00186 Roma, Italy
Directions: Off Piazza Adriana or the St. Angelo Bridge
Phone: +39 06 681 9111
Website: http://www.castelsantangelo.com/

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  • Updated May 29, 2004
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