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SAINT ANGEL CASTLE

Emperor Hadrian's tomb, converted into a fortress, it became a military key for more than a thousand years. It was believed that the vision of the archangel Michael on its summit had led to the end of the pestilence in 590 and from this miraculous event the castle derived its name. Converted into a dungeon in the Middle ages (among the prisoners Cellini, Giordano Bruno, Beatrice Cenci and Cagliostro). It became a shelter for the popes connected by a passageway to the Vatican. The papal apartments are magnificent (frescoes by pupils of Raphael). The views over Rome are breathtaking!

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