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St. Angelo Bridge, Rome

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Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who traversed St. Angelo Bridge 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 St. Angelo Bridge and other attractions to your Rome vacation plans.
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  • This attractive pedestrian bridge was built by the emperor Hadrian in 134AD to span the Tiber to his just completed mausoleum (now the Castel Sant'Angelo). Apparently three of its current five arches ...  more »
  • The Ponte is great and you should go on it. Just be aware it is super busy and there are many people trying to force you to buy rubbish along the way, including tickets to attractions. Do not get suck...  more »
  • Beautiful bridge, enriched with beautiful marble statues, with beautiful views of the Tiber, especially in the evening.
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  • Really cool place with statues adorning it on both sides. You should definitely visit it at sunset and at night to get different views of it. Also, it becomes a romantic place at night time (given the lights, decor and the music) coming from restaurants and bars that spring up just by the river. You can have dinner by the river at night. Lovely place.
  • This bridge provides such a spectacular view of St. Peter's Basilica and the River Tiber. The bridge can be a bit crowded, as one can imagine, but there are some times of day where it's not so bad. However, those times will not be night times. But, people seem mostly willing to allow you some time to snap a picture or two.
  • While this is a historic bridge, it is also a popular pedestrian path to the Vatican from the Hop-on-Hop-off bus stop. During an early morning crossing of the bridge we experienced wedding pics of a bride & groom that was very romantic. The rest of the day there are panhandlers selling numerous souvenirs and entertainers posing for photo ops with tourists.
  • Beautiful architecture and the scenery is breathtaking. At night it takes on it's own persona with statues light up and lighting below. A perfect place for an evening walk.
  • Quite breathtaking. The statues and bridge are well preserved and the bridge is a walk distance from Vatican, so if that is your days agenda you can check out the bridge also. Preferable on the way to vatican. The tree branches over the catwalks on each side of the river make natural tunnels, which give lots of opportunities to take romantic photos.
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