Castel Sant’Angelo

Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Originally constructed as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian in the middle of the 2nd century, the striking circular monument has had many functions over the centuries. Climb to the top and be rewarded with a breathtaking view over Rome. See if you can spot some of the Eternal City’s most famous monuments from this birds-eye viewpoint.

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