St. Angelo Bridge

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St. Angelo Bridge
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The area
Neighborhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighborhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighborhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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Murmansk, Russia21,619 contributions
Jun 2021
The bridge in its present form was invented by Bernini. Leaving only the apostles Peter and Paul on the bridge, he placed statues of angels on the bridge. The angels have a complete division of labor. Each of them holds some symbol of the sufferings of Christ: a crown of thorns, rods, nails, a spear and even dice. Most of the angels were sculpted by other sculptors. Bernini sculpted only 2 statues personally: Angel with the Crown of Thorns, Angels with the Super scription. However, there are copies on the bridge, the originals in the church of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte. The bridge is especially good in the late evening when the flow of tourists subsides. It's hard to imagine that instead of angels, the bodies of executed criminals once hung here. After all, the progress of morals is evident...
Written November 28, 2021
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Monaco32,075 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Ponte Sant’Angelo with its ten statues of angels in the act of showing the instruments of the passion of Jesus is certainly one of the most spectacular bridges in Rome.
If nothing else, because, beyond the imposing statuary endowment, the formidable profile of Castel Sant’Angelo acts as a backdrop.
In 1667 Pope Clement IX commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to refurbish the bridge.
Bernini designed a new balustrade and entrusted to a series of his collaborators and students the construction of eight of the ten statues of angels that still adorn the bridge today.
Two were made by himself, but the originals of the latter are found in the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte.
In truth, the statues are twelve.
In fact, on the left bank of the Tiber, just to mark the access to the bridge, we find ST. Peter and St. Paul.
They are, however, more than a century older. They are in fact the only statues left among those commissioned by Clement VII of the Medici family to adorn the bridge.
The bridge is certainly worth seeing and visiting, but it is quite embarrassing, when you walk across it, to pass through many illegal sellers of counterfeit fashion products, who are very annoying and harassing.
Not to be missed.
Written September 17, 2021
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Port Said, Egypt404 contributions
Feb 2020
It was a pleasure to pass through this pretty bridge every day. The bridge is fascinating as being decorated with pieces of artistic sculptures.
Written January 27, 2021
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R Schmidt
Burnham, UK616 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Such a beautiful place even for a little wonder!!! However at times of Covid-19 it is still well worth a visit!!! Less tourists than usual and a chance to take perfect snaps!!! Utterly mesmerising!!!
Written September 26, 2020
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Kolios, Greece5,147 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Ponte Sant'Angelo or in English, Bridge of Angels is a lovely bridge close to Sant'Angelo Castle. Definitelt worth a stop if you are in the area to see the wonderful view of the Caste, the River and also the nice scultures of Angels.
Written April 22, 2020
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Alecia W
New York City, NY239 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Ponte Sant'Angelo, Bridge of Angels is one of most beautiful bridges I've had the pleasure of seeing. Ponte Sant'Angelo, originally the Aelian Bridge or Pons Aelius, completed in 134 AD by Roman Emperor Hadrian (Publius Aelius Hadrianus), to span the Tiber from the city centre to his newly constructed mausoleum, now the towering Castel Sant'Angelo. The bridge is faced with travertine marble and spans the Tiber with five arches, three of which are Roman; it was approached by means of ramp from the river. The bridge is now solely pedestrian, and provides a scenic view of Castel Sant'Angelo. It links the rioni of Ponte (which was named after the bridge itself), and Borgo, to whom the bridge administratively belongs. Ten strikingly beautiful angel sculptures designed by famous sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini line the bridge. Each symbolizes a part from the story of Jesus Christ’s suffering and death by crucifixion. Statues of the saints Peter and Paul watch over the entrance way of the bridge.
Written March 4, 2020
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10,706 contributions
May 2019
Ponte San Angelo is a bridge over the Tiber in the center of Rome, which connects the Castle of St. Angel with the left bank of the river. It was built in 134 CE. by Emperor Hadrian as access to the mausoleum erected on the right bank of the Tiber. In 1892, due to the strengthening of the banks of the Tiber, the bridge was rebuilt, leaving only the three central spans as original. The bridge was and is used by pilgrims on their way to the Church of Sts. Peter in the Vatican . The most characteristic attribute of the bridge of St. Angels are marble sculptures depicting the figures of 10 angels. Bernini independently carved two statues , and the rest were done by his students. The pope considered the angels made by the baroque master so valuable that he quickly decided to replace them with copies. The originals can be seen for free in the Basilica of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte. One of the most beautiful bridges on the Tiber in Rome. A picturesque place to take pictures. No matter it is sunny, cloudy, or rainy, it is very suitable for taking pictures. Shooting night scenes is also very good. Really a charming place . Beautiful history within reach.
Written February 24, 2020
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Navarre, FL1,232 contributions
Sep 2019
This is one of the most beautiful bridges I've ever walked across - right up there with the Charles Bridge in Prague. HOWEVER - THERE ARE PICKPOCKETS HERE. Many men on this bridge WILL approach you, try to slip bracelets on you and ask for money. They will grab you, they will trick you into looking this way or turning that way and reach into your pockets and steal everything you have. There are articles about this on various travel websites, and the most common piece of advice is to literally pretend as if they don't exist. IGNORE THEM. Keep your hands in your pockets, don't make eye contact, don't even say no. If they grab your arm, wrench it away but keep pretending like they're not there. If they follow you and harass you, YELL FOR THE POLICE.
This is such a beautiful bridge, and it's only a shame that the local authorities don't do more to keep the trash off of it.
Written February 21, 2020
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Swell Traveller
Melbourne, Australia3,769 contributions
Oct 2019
End October 2019
It is a little bit similar bridges you see in Prague. The bridge brings you directly to Castel Sant'Angelo. [see separate review]. You can also cross this bridge , turn left and head to the Vatican by foot - about 10minutes walk.

From afar it is quite stunning, in fact I'd go as far as saying it was the prettiest bridge in Rome. The sculptures of the angels are weathered but still beautiful to photograph. I'd advise to visit dusk and during the day.

Be careful of the street hawkers here as they are super persistent and vocal.

Worth a visit as part of a visit to the castle or the Vatican.
Written February 13, 2020
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Liverpool, UK887 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This would be a beautiful bridge if it wasn't ruined by the huge number of dodgy traders and scammers along it. The police do absolutely nothing to move them along. Shame as it's a really impressive bridge with some superb statues.
Written February 9, 2020
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