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Passetto di Borgo, Rome

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The Passetto di Borgo, or simply Passetto, is an elevated passage that links the Vatican City with the Castel Sant'Angelo. It is an approximately long corridor, located in the rione of Borgo. It was erected in 1277 by Pope Nicholas III, but parts of the wall were built by Totila during the Gothic War. On two occasions it served as an escape route for Popes in danger.Pope Alexander VI crossed it in 1494, when Charles VIII invaded the city and the pope's life was in peril.Clement VII escaped to safety through this passage during the Sack of Rome in 1527, when troops of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, massacred almost the entire Swiss Guard on the steps of St Peter's Basilica.In popular cultureThe Passetto played a key role in the Dan Brown novel Angels & Demons, through which the antagonist (an illuminatus) transported four abducted cardinals to the Castel Sant'Angelo. The protagonists Robert Langdon and Vittoria Vetra later used the Passetto as a shortcut to Vatican City.
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  • The Passetto, also known as the Borgo Corridor is a remaining section of the walls that Leo IV erected between 848 and 852 A.D. to defend the Vatican area from possible Saracen invasions. In the following centuries, on the top of it, this corridor was built from the apostolic palaces to the fortress of Castel S.Angelo, to allow the Popes and prelates to save themselves in case of aggression. Too bad when I was, it was not possible to visit it
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  • Have a look on the left of the castle Sant'Angelo in front of you. The wall with several arches links the apostolic palace to the castle Sant'Angelo. It is an emergency exit for the pope in case of at...  more »
  • This passage is built to provide the Pope with an escape route from the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo during times of siege of the Vatican. Unless you know what you are looking for it looks just like ...  more »
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  • High above street, elevated passage that connects basilica of St. Peter and Castel Sant'Angelo. It was the sight of the probably most famous and dramatic event in the history of Vatican when troops of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, massacred almost the entire Swiss Guard on the steps of St Peter's Basilica, buying time for pope Clement VII who escaped to safety through this passage during the Sack of Rome in 1527.
  • Nice to see.
  • Interesting historical concept including the Castel Sant'Angelo and the Vatican. It's extremely intriguing how the symbol of the papacy, the crossed keys, can be seen inside the castle.
  • Historical Gem, sadly you can not visit it :(
  • nice view
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