The splendid fortress of Castel SantAngelo was originally built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian in 139 CE. It was ... More
The splendid fortress of Castel SantAngelo was originally built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian in 139 CE. It was transformed into a castle during the 10th century and then transformed into the elegant residence of Pope Alexander VI Borgia 500 years later. Michelangelo designed the marvelous main court for Pope Leo X and many of the rooms inside are decorated with frescoes of great beauty. It has also been used to house prisoners, including the sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. The terrace offers a fine view of Tiber River. Opera lovers will know that this is where the final act of Giacomo Puccinis opera Tosca was set. The building now hosts a museum with a fine collection of suits of armor, ceramics, sculptures, and paintings.
My oldest son and I went to Rome last Summer. We spent every night at Castel Sant' Angelo. I decided to go back this June with both my sons and husband. I just had to share the experience with them. Castel Sant'Angelo is beautiful, especially at nights with all the activities. I love every thing about it.
This museum was sort of lame. We had rented the headphones but they were completely worthless. We had a hard time following the map so we got lost and didn't know which area our headphones went with. The view of the city was remarkable from the top of the castle. I didn't think this sight added much value to our Rome experience.
We had planned to see the Sistine Chapel, but failed to confirm whether it was open or not and it was closed. Anyway, instead we toured the Castel Sant'Angelo. Well worth the time ! Beautiful view of Dowtown Roma buildings from the top. Was charged for children because we were from the USA, but still worth the admission price !
We went to the Castel Sant'Angelo for the view over Rome and night and it was great. The added bonus was that the Castel, which is a museum by day, has events in the evening that turn it into a festival. We hit it during one of these summer festivals and we lucked out. It costs, but it was worth it. There was live music, a restaurant set up and the view from the top at night was magical.
After reading about Castel Sant' Angelo I knew I hada to visit. To think was built as a mausoleum for Hadrian is humbling. It is now owned by the Church and has been a residence of Popes. The walk up the curved hallway is as easy climb. At the top you can see all of Rome spread out before you. It is breath-taking and beautiful. Besides, it is fun to say, "I've been there," when it is on TV.
On my first visit to Rome, this wasn't on my list of places to go, but I happened into it on a walk to the Vatican. The history, the grandeur...it's incredible. And you must go to the very top for 360 degree views of the city. I've been to Rome 8 times since the first and it is one of the few consistent items on my itinerary.
I visited Sant'Angelo Castle for 3 times, the same number of times I've been in Rome. This remarcable Castle stills a mistery for me due to the mix of cultures and times from history that it represents. If you visit Sant'Angelo you will be inside the castle during more than 2 ou 3 hours in a complete time travel across Roman a Catholic history guessing the way that people lived a thought during those periods.
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