Castel Sant'Angelo :This is also known by the name of the Mausoleum of Hadrian.It is a fort located on the right bank of the river Tiber and is very near to the Vatican City.
From Vatican we walked a short distance to Castel Sant’Angelo. This building located next to river Tiber has a unique cylindrical design. It was originally built as a mausoleum for a Roman emperor but was later used as a castle. Since it was a Monday the building was closed but the atmosphere outside it was very romantic. Musicians were playing soft music and a man was blowing soap bubbles in the air with children playing around it. We spent some time sitting in front of the Castle with the river behind us.
The first stop on the "other side" is Castel Sant'Agnelo, the walls of which can be seen even from across Tiber. This was a former papal fortress and castle, so I spent about 2 hours exploring the place. Don't miss the former Treasury Room, still intact with its huge chests and cabinets!There is a narrow staircase that leads out to the roof of the castle, where I saw the statue of Saint Michael standing watch over the inhabitants of Rome. Did you know that this castle was once the tallest building in Rome?