Castel Sant' Angelo in Rome

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Aug 30th, 2003, 05:57 AM
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Castel Sant' Angelo in Rome


I walked by this place on my last visit, but didn't get a chance to go inside.

I read where it began in AD 139 as Emperor Hadrian's mausoleum and has been used as a citadel, prison and popes residence in times of political unrest. It is now a museum with military relics and art works.

Looking for rants and raves. Is it worth a visit? Looked like a good view from the top.
If so, how long should I allocate for it? Any best times to visit or avoid?
 
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Aug 30th, 2003, 06:03 AM
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Definitely visit; it's a very interesting building, and indeed good views from the top. Can't really say how long you would need, but you can easily see it all in 45 minutes.
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Aug 30th, 2003, 06:55 AM
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Definitely..especially for the view from the top at sunset.
If you are going after october..the passetto ( walkway) that allowed the Pope's to flee the Vatican is going to be opened and the views from there should ne spectacular!

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/24by7pa...l&siteid=50143
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Aug 30th, 2003, 07:43 AM
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Castel Sant' Angelo is a must see in Rome..So many historics events happened there, if the walls could only talk!!! Also it was the set of the opera Tosca, every time I visit the place I cant help to hear in my head Puccini greatest music, and can imagine Mario's in the last hour of his life, singing the passionate, poignant arias." E lucean le Stelle...
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Aug 30th, 2003, 08:14 AM
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I agree that it is very much worth a visit. After climbing all the ramps and touring the interesting rooms, we had a glass of wine on the rooftop and shared our potato chips with the pigeons, while taking in the beautiful view of Rome. Do it.
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