My first day in Rome at Castel Sant’Angelo

My first day in Rome, after checking into my hotel, was spent exploring the labyrinth of walkways, courtyards and rooms that make up Castel Sant’Angelo. Although tired from a long flight, the walking did me good. The spiraling richness of the structure was fascinating. It is much more complex than I had expected. Towering impressively next to the Tiber River, it is now a museum of Renaissance artworks and old military equipment.

Emperor Hadrian had it built around 135 AD as a mausoleum for himself and his family, but it has been used by the popes through the ages as a military fortress and prison.

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On top of the Castel is an open area with panoramic views of Rome. The wind was gusty as people posed and snapped photos. In this one, off to the left, you can see Victoria Emmanuel with it’s two winged chariots sitting aloft.

View of  Victoria Emanuel from on top of Castel Sant'Angelo
View of Victoria Emanuel from on top of Castel Sant’Angelo

Below is a section of the old Roman streets. How did they walk on these? It made me thankful for the smooth roads we have now in our day. But we can give the Romans credit for being the first to build them.

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The following photos are taken inside the Castel Sant’Angelo….

Inside Castel Sant'Angelo looking out through the arches
Inside Castel Sant’Angelo looking out through the arches
Gazing down at the Tiber River and beyond
Gazing down at the Tiber River and beyond

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Vine covered walkway
Vine covered walkway
Spiral walkway leading down to the lower level
Spiral walkway leading down to the lower level

The Archangel Michael, from which Castel Sant’Angelo got its name, sits high and lofty on top. Very impressive!

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Below is the old original angel, made of marble, and kept in a courtyard inside the Castel.

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Tomorrow will take me to Trastevere where I plan to explore the Jewish Ghetto, try some fried artichokes, and wander up the Gianicolo hill for some tremendous views of the Eternal City. Stay tuned…… more to come!

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