Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome
Favorite thing: To visit the Interior of Hadrians Mausoleum you first go down a slope to the lower levels and then gradually climb up the levels whilst circling around various courtyards. In the courtyards too there are some lovely features like this angel statue. There is also a restaurant up here and is a great place for a snack or drink.
Castel Sant'Angelo was built by the Emperor Hadrian (117-138) as a Mausoleum.
It became a fortress with the Emperor Aurelian.
In 1277 the Pope Nicholas II connected the Castle to the Vatican through the famous corridor. So the Popes used it as a fortress and as a prison and a place for torture.
One thing is to visit the spots in Rome, another is to come up close with those spots; like going near to the monument of Emmanuel Vittorio or the tomb of the unknow soldier in Piazza Venezia, or going up to the dome of St. Peter's Basilica or come very close to the statue of St. Michael the Archangel at the top of Castel Santangelo, which I did to get a close peek of him.
Fondest memory: One thing that you should not miss doing is to be at least on the top of one of the important landmarks or monuments in Rome.
If you think that Rome is splendid during the day, wait until the sun goes down and try going around the City. The best time to go around to seeyour faved tourist spots is around midnight , when all lights/lamp posts are turned on. The City will just become even more splendid.
Fondest memory: Driving around the city in the night is a different experience. When all the tourists, pedestrians and cars are gone, the City is just a place perfect to go around and just sight-see
When in Rome, don't miss this experience. Try going around the City and visit your favorite spots in the night . If you have company, you can do it by feet or someone can drive for you (take a cab, make sure you have company for safety and economic reasons as well or perhaps me and other VTrs in Rome can drive you around ;-), then it would be easier.
The Castel S. Angelo was just about 5 blocks from our hotel. This is one of the older structures in Rome and used to be the home of a pope or two. A visit to the Castel is worth the price of admission. The exhibits are interesting, and the views of Rome are lovely. They even had a small instrumental ensemble performing on the terrace.
This was the only place we went to where they had one price for tourists, and a lower price for Romans. We failed miserably at our imitation of Roman locals, so we paid the higher price. It was still worth it.
This bridge flanks Nero's bridge, further down-stream.
The bridge consists of three large central arches and two inclined ramps supported by three smaller arches on the right bank and two on the left bank. Most of the structural parts of the Mausoleum, which was incorporated into Castel S. Angelo in the Middle Ages, have been preserved.
Fondest memory: It was a beautiful day in October, so hot at 80 degrees that I had to buy a Michaelangelo castle from vendors outside of the castle.
Originally built (AD 135-39) by Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his successors, it was later decorated and fortified as a place of refuge for the popes.
Although outside of the Vatican city itself it was connected to the Vatican by a secret passage for their escape route in times of danger. It was used as a fortress and prison until 1870 and is now a museum - the Museo Nazionale Militare and of Art.
Favorite thing: Back in Rome in the summer of 2003 it was so hot we decided to visit this fortress, which was begun in AD 139 as Emperor Hadrian's mausoleum. Not only was it a cool place to escape the intense heat but it was really interesting and the views from the top were terrific. In fact I'd say it was the hilight of our return trip that summer. It has since been used as a citadel and prison. It has also been used as a residence of the popes in times of political unrest. It is now a museum with military relics and art works.
We didn't get to go inside but this unusual castle caught my eye...
Castel Sant' Angelo was finished around 138 AD and has been used as a fortress, prison and palace. It now contains a museum of artillery and arms. I'm told the view from the palace are worth the visit though!
It is open in Summer Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 10 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9 am to 8 pm; Winter Tuesday to Sunday 9 am to 2 pm.
Definitely take in all the tourist sites that appeal to you, but don't forget to wander a bit and just soak in "everyday" life. When you are walking down small streets around the piazze, don't forget to LOOK UP. lots of life goes on above your heads: people talking from balconies, growing plants, hanging laundry, lazy cats and dogs sunning themselves on the outside terraces...since most of us travel to experience life through the eyes of a stranger, don't forget to look at their world and appreciate all that you see!
Fondest memory: Standing on the roof of Castel SanAngelo at sunset, looking across to the Vatican; Going up the steps at the Capitoline at night, walking through to the vistas of the Forum at night; Lunch on a lazy sunday afternoon in Campo di Fiori; Visiting San Sebastiano catacombs; eating gelati at the Piazza Navonna; walking everywhere and drinking in all the beauty and magic of the city and its people.
History oozes out of every pore of Rome. Absolutely glorious treasures at every turn of the corner. I keep wondering if Rome should have been my last destination in life or my first. I would either never leave or always return. I love this city!
Fondest memory: I have too many wonderful memories of Rome to list...I will say the suprises that wait for you down every street is probably the greatest treat anyone would ever want!
Favorite thing: Since the Tiber is given to occasional flooding, the river embankments were put into place in the 1890s. Obviously when the water is high, there is no walking on the platforms, but when the water is low, you can walk nearly alongside the green Tiber. While the water itself hardly charms the eye in its polluted state, or would if it were clear be as romantic as the riverside walks in Paris, these embankments give you a different perspective of Rome.
Favorite thing: Some of the best smaller decorations and ornaments are not necessarily fused onto hotel corners or beneath apartment windows. Much of Rome's neatest statuary stands in somewhat mutilated condition in the Forum. Others dot the landscape throughout the Villa Borghese, Rome's great park just outside the northern walls. Still others adorn the street, a square, or some other place. Freestanding, pensive, dramatic - you'll find them throughout the city.
Castel Sant' Angelo(More pics are in Travelogue ^^)
Fondest memory: It locates on the way to St. Peter Square.
Going into a bronze entrance doors facing this bridge, you will see some steps descend to vestibule and the spiral ramp leading to the sepulchral chamber.
There's a great museum in this castel.
See the Castel Sant' Angelo along the Tiber River. One can see a great view of the Vatican from here.
Fondest memory: Walking up and down the Spanish Steps. I just think this flight of steps just epitomises Rome. Chic girls glide down the steps whilst hot-blooded Roman men ogle and enjoy the view.