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Ponte Sant'Angelo, Rome

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Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who traversed Ponte Sant'Angelo to reach St. Peter's Basilica, and you'll see the top of the castle where--legend has it--an angel appeared to announce the end of the plague. Roman Emperor Hadrian built the triple-arched, travertine marble-faced bridge crossing the Tiber river in 134 CE. Stately statues of angels watch over the structure, reminding visitors of the miracle. During the jubilee of 1450, so many pilgrims walked over the bridge at once that the balustrades broke, and many drowned in the river. Look for the space at the head of the bridge where houses and a Roman arch were torn down to give them more room. Although the bridge is closed to vehicles, you can walk across and take in the views of the Castel Sant'Angelo. Use our Rome trip planner to add Ponte Sant'Angelo and other attractions to your Rome vacation plans.
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  • August 18, 2017
    not a lot to see, but this is worth the visit, really lovely. and if you close your eyes and just imagine being back in this times, it almost feels real  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    If you're crossing the Tibre, or visiting the castle of Sant'Angelo, you must do the bridge! 10 incredible Bernini statues depicting stages of the cross. You also get great views of St. Peter'. Also, ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    If you want to visit Angels CAstle, this is the best way - to cross on the Angel's Bridge- There are 10 beautiful staues of angels, two of them are from Bernini.  more »
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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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