Castel Sant’ Angelo* didn’t feature on my list of things to see while I was in Rome, but it was the closest major site to my hotel (other than the Vatican) and with a reduced metro service over the festive period, I walked down to check it out.
And I am so frigging glad that I did, it is absolutely stunning. Designed by Hadrian (yes he of the Wall), in 139, it was used as the papal castle for 1,000 years. As you approach you see the beautiful Sant’ Angelo bridge and the Tiber river. Inside there are impressive ramparts to walk around, frescoed apartments, a museum, a charming cafe and the most impressive views across Rome.
I spent a couple of hours walking around, but if my scheduled had allowed, would have stayed there all day. Be warned there are a lot of steps, but I took my time and was fine. The whole place had a magical feel to it, the history and amazing views left me feeling a little bit emotional at times. Seeing places like this is why I travel.
Here are the pictures…
Here is the website, unless you speak Italian, you’ll need to switch your google translate on!
*My entry into the castle and museum was free of charge.