Would you like to see an amazing view of all of Rome and you don’t feel like walking up the 551 steps that leads to the top of the Vatican Dome? Don’t worry, I got you covered. I’ve got just the Castle for you to add to your day trip at the Vatican that’s just down the street and makes a wonderful and enjoyable combination for a day in Rome.
Called Castel Sant’ Angelo, this castle was originally commissioned and ordered built by Emperor Hadrian to be a mausoleum. Later it became a fortress for the popes until it was made into the museum it is today. At one time it was the tallest building in all of Rome and for our purposes that’s where we’re headed, to the top! But first, I should probably tell you how to get there.
So as you walk out of Vatican City all you do is walk straight down the main road and you’ll pop out in the plaza for the castle. The fee to get inside and look around is 10 euro. There’s a discount if you’re a student.
As you can see from the picture above the castle is circular and loops around as you wind your way up to the top. We walked through a few of the rooms but it was fun to walk around the ramparts.
As you spiral around you walk up a ramp and be on the upper rampart where you’ll take one more set of steps to the top, to look out over Rome.
A few seagulls were hanging around and were not scared of all the visitors.
The vatican from just down the street.
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