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The view from one of the bastions of Castel Sant'Angelo over the Tiber river with the famous Bernini bridge. 
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The view from one of the bastions of Castel Sant'Angelo over the Tiber river with the famous Bernini bridge.
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Ponte Sant'Angelo
On the terrace of Castel Sant'Angelo overlooking the Borgo district of Rome. 
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On the terrace of Castel Sant'Angelo overlooking the Borgo district of Rome.
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Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, Italy. 
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Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, Italy.

"This overpowering castle on the Tiber is Rome’s chief citadel and dungeon and has seen more blood, treachery, and turmoil than any other left in Rome. Even those on a rushed visit to Rome might want to spend some time here. It was built in the 2nd century as a tomb for Emperor Hadrian; it continued as an imperial mausoleum until the time of Caracalla. If it looks like a fortress, it should—that was its function in the Middle Ages. It was built over the Roman walls and linked to the Vatican by an underground passage that was much used by the fleeing papacy, who escaped from unwanted visitors such as Charles V during his 1527 sack of the city. In the 14th century, it became a papal residence, enjoying various connections with Boniface IX, Nicholas V, and Julius II, patron of Michelangelo and Raphael. However, its legend rests largely on its link with Pope Alexander VI, whose mistress bore him two children (those darlings of debauchery, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia). [...] The bumper-to-bumper cars and buses that once roared around Castel Sant’Angelo are now gone. The area around the castle has been turned into a pedestrian zone. Visitors can now walk in peace through the landscaped section with a tree-lined avenue above the Tiber and a formal garden. In 2000, the moat under the ramparts was opened to the public for the first time. You can wander the footpaths and enjoy the new beeches providing shade in the sweltering summer." (Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince: Frommer's Rome, 17th Edition, 2005).
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Castel Sant'Angelo
Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, Italy, and the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge over the Tiber river. 
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Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, Italy, and the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge over the Tiber river.

"The rather forbidding round form of Castel Sant’Angelo dominates many views of the River Tiber. Conceived by Hadrian (AD117-138) as his mausoleum, it has been remodelled over the years and has served as a mausoleum for a number of other emperors and their families, a papal refuge, prison, garrison for Napoleonic troops, and now as a museum. The castle is constructed on four main floors with the beautiful papal apartments on the upper two storeys. It is crowned by a huge bronze statue of the Archangel Michael, which has given the castle its name." (P. Harcourt Davies, Fiona Nichols: Rome and the Vatican, 2006).
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On the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge over the Tiber river in Rome. 
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On the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge over the Tiber river in Rome.

Wikipedia: "Ponte Sant'Angelo, once the Aelian Bridge or Pons Aelius, meaning the Bridge of Hadrian, is a Roman bridge in Rome, central Italy, completed in 134 AD by Roman Emperor Hadrian, to span the Tiber, from the city center to his newly constructed mausoleum, now the towering Castel Sant'Angelo. The bridge is faced with travertine marble and spans the Tiber with three arches; it was approached by means of ramp from the river. The bridge is now solely pedestrian, and provides a photogenic vista of the Castel Sant'Angelo. It links the rioni of Ponte (which was named after the bridge itself), and Borgo."

"Before him, across the bridge, the stone fortress rose like a mountain. Aching and depleted, Langdon broke into a loping run. On both sides of him now, like a gauntlet of escorts, a procession of Bernini angels whipped past, funneling him toward his final destination. Let angels guide you on your lofty quest. The castle seemed to rise as he advanced, an unscalable peak, more intimidating to him even than St. Peter's. He sprinted toward the bastion, running on fumes, gazing upward at the citadel's circular core as it shot skyward to a gargantuan, sword-wielding angel." (Dan Brown: Angels and Demons, 2000).

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