Last week several fellow Italy bloggers met in Rome and spent an entire weekend discovering the delights of the magnificent city. If you check the hashtag #WinterinRome on Instagram/Twitter you will be amazed at the options Rome has in Winters. My fellow bloggers really inspired me to visit Rome in winters and I hope to make it a possibility someday. I felt a little “Rome” sick while following them along so thought of writing a post to make up for it 🙂
Today we will travel to one of Rome’s most enchanting structures- Castel Sant’Angelo. The Castel is my second favorite historic building of Rome, after the Pantheon.
Castel Sant’Angelo is gorgeous and ancient and will leave you spell bound. Built around 135 AD (Yes that long), the Castel served as a mausoleum for the Roman emperor Hadrian and his family. It was also used as a prison at a certain point in time. Now it is a National Museum and is only a stone’s throw away from the Vatican. The Castel is huge and awe inspiring and one can even go inside for a price of EUR 9.
Castel Sant’Angelo is a pedestrian area and is connected through a bridge called the Ponte Sant’Angelo. The bridge is a photography zone. No really, you should see the number of people (myself included) grabbing the opportunity to capture Rome in its glory not to forget the fabulous views that the bridge offers of the St. Peters Basilica.
The bridge is flanked by 10 angels designed by Lorenzo Bernini, Domenico Guidi, Ercole Ferrata, Antonio Georgetti and several others. I love this area of Rome, could easily spend hours there, of course with my book and a gelato 😀
What do you think about this stunning structure??