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Ponte Sant'Angelo, Rome

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Bridge Tourist Spot
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 vacation builder to arrange your visit to Ponte Sant'Angelo and other attractions in Rome.
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  • First of all, it's a bridge so don't get to excited - it's not the Humber Bridge or Golden Gate Bridge so not worth a special visit but you're bound to be in the area between St Peters, Sant'Angelo Ca...  more »
  • The bridge with sculpted angels and, of course, next to Castel Sant'Angelo. Beautiful and I think it's worth the visit.
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  • During the day too hot? In the evening it is so quiet that you feel there be alone. Wonderful light and great views over Rome. We have done it without tour. Fine evening spending. During the day it will be very hot when the Sun is shining.
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  • In the heart of Rome... everything is ready. Clean. Good home.
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  • Well, yes it is Chinese-owned though it is nice
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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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