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  • Address: Ponte Sant'Angelo, Rome 00186, Italy
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  • Admission: Free

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Ponte Sant'Angelo

Ponte Sant'Angelo is the bridge across the Tiber River leading from the centre of Rome to the Castel Sant'Angelo, once Hadrian's tomb, then home to the popes, now a museum. The bridge dates from 134 AD when Hadrian built it to lead to his mausoleum, calling it Pons Aelius or Bridge of Hadrian. But when word got out that the Archangel Michael landed on top of the mausoleum to end the plague in Rome in 590, the bridge and castle both changed their name to Sant'Angelo.

The most striking feature of the now pedestrian-only bridge are the ten statues of angels which line it. These were commissioned by Pope Clement IX in 1669 from the famous artist Bernini. Unfortunately Bernini only finished two himself and these were taken into the pope's own collection. Those on the bridge were actually made by other sculptors to Bernini's scheme.

Practical Info

Pont Sant'Angelo is easy to reach by foot or taxi from the centre of Rome. It leads across the Tiber River to the Castel Sant'Angelo and from there it is an easy walk to St Peter's Basilica. In fact, the bridge has throughout history been used by pilgrims as an approach to St Peter's and even bore that name for a while.

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Castel Sant'Angelo and Ponte Sant'Angelo Walking Tour in Rome, Rome, null
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Castel Sant'Angelo and Ponte Sant'Angelo Walking Tour in Rome

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Discover two of Rome’s lesser-known treasures, Castel Sant’Angelo and Ponte Sant’Angelo, on this 3-hour tour. With an expert guide, enter the castle and learn ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Castel Sant'Angelo Family Friendly Tour from Civitavecchia, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Castel Sant'Angelo Family Friendly Tour from Civitavecchia

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Baroque Churches of Rome Walking Tour, Rome, Family Friendly Tours & Activities
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Small-Group Castel Sant Angelo and St Peter Square Tour from Rome, Rome, Christian Tours
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Small-Group Castel Sant Angelo and St Peter Square Tour from Rome

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Independent Rome Day Trip from Florence by High-Speed Train, Florence, Half-day Tours
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Independent Rome Day Trip from Florence by High-Speed Train

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Private Rome by Night Vespa Tour, Rome, Day Trips
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Private Rome by Night Vespa Tour

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Rome Tiber River Night Cruise with Dinner

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Experience the romance of Rome by night on this 2.5-hour dinner cruise on the Tiber River. Witness unparalleled views of some of the city’s most famous ...  Read more

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Rome Photography Walking Tour: Learn How to Take Professional Photos, Rome, Dinner Cruises
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Rome Photography Walking Tour: Learn How to Take Professional Photos

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English-speaking photographers have in-depth local knowledge, a passion for their city and for the art of photography. The photographers are carefully selected ...  Read more

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