Castel Sant'Angelo at daylight and at nighttime!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
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Trip End Mar 31, 2012


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Friday, March 16, 2012

Day 2 - early evening

As I stood silently from across the Tiber River with my eyes glued on the Castel Sant'Angelo erected a good 200 feet in front of me, I soon realized that the beauty of the Castel was actually the bridge that led to it.  Built by Hadrian in 133 AD to access his mausoleum, the Ponte Sant’Angelo was absolutely breathtaking as I admired its round stone arches reflecting on the surface of the calm Tiber River. 

On both side of the bridge, 10 statues of angels holding symbols of passion were designed by the famous Bernini in the 17th century.  I just couldn’t believe that I was actually standing here in person and seeing such amazing masterpieces!  What an Incredible sight it was! 

Michel and I eventually made our way down the bridge way up to the Castel after pausing several times to admire the vistas.  After paying a small fee because we had to pay to visit the Castel Sant’Angelo, we proceeded to make our way inside this ancient structure!

Every floor of this gigantic Castel was explored which turned out to be quite interesting as we walked through numerous tunnels and halls before eventually arriving at the very top of it.  From here, I was so thrilled and excited to be able to see such wonderful panoramic views.  Looking in all directions, a good part of Ancient Rome could be seen as well as the Vatican and the bridges way below me!  Totally spectacular!

Looking at my watch, it was only 5:30pm!  I was disappointed in a way because it was much too early for the sunset in which I desperately wanted to see from here!  I could only imagine in my mind how stunning the views would be at night!

Well, when my mind is set up on something, I 'm always able to find a solution.  After inquiring at the ticket office, we were told of the time of the sunset and that there wouldn’t be any problems for us coming back later as long as we held on to our tickets. 

Having all those facts, we exited the Castel and elected to walk straight in front of us and into the city streets!  As well since we were getting hungry, now was the best time to have a bite to eat. 

Many side cafes and pizzerias with small beautifully decorated terraces along the cobblestone streets looked quite inviting and romantic but in the end, you’ll never guess where we decided to have dinner at!  Nope!  Guess again!  We chose to go to Subway!  Yep……that’s where we had dinner!  At Subway!  But you should know that it wasn’t any kind of Subway like back home, this one was a special Subway!  This one was in Rome!  Ha, ha, ha!

It was now 6:30pm and time to start heading back to the Castel Sant’Angelo, a five minute walk from Subway!  Without any problems, we reentered the Castel and made our way back to the top of it.  This time around, the place wasn’t as crowded as before which made me quite happy because I was able to take amazing pictures of vistas which I hadn’t been able earlier due to the number of tourists standing in my way!  Those damn tourists!  Ha, ha, ha!

Slowly and gradually, the sunset illuminated the entire horizon and lights from the city’s buildings and streets started to brighten the sky as it became darker and darker!  The moment captured was magical and special and here I was being part all of it!  Wow!  I was glad I waited to see this!

It was now time to head back!   The weather had become much cooler once the sun disappeared for the night plus it was quite dark now!  The same route was taking as coming here but not before making a right turn to visit the Vatican City at night!

Monique   :-)
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