Compared to the two previous bridges Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome is rather young. Emperor Hadrian had it built in 134 AD as a direct access to his mausoleum, today’s Castel Sant’Angelo. Therefore, back in time the bridge was called Hadrian Bridge. In 1535 Pope Clement VII had statues of the two Apostles Peter and Paul built at the entrance. In 1669 the facade was rebuilt and 10 statues of angels were erected on the bridge according to the model and design of Bernini. The river walls were built in 1893 as a protection against flooding, and the ramps leading from the banks of the Tiber to the bridge were replaced by two arches crossing the banks of the Tiber. This is when the bridge got today’s look.
Surely, you feel the special atmosphere when crossing this impressive bridge with its beautiful statues of angels and the two saints. You can take wonderful pictures of Rome and St. Peter’s Basilica through the bridge railing. When visiting Ponte Sant’Angelo, do not miss to visit the Castel Sant’Angelo as well!
But be careful: You will very often find street vendors selling illegal goods on Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome. You risk high penalties when buying counterfeit products.
All Hop-on hop-off buses stop near the Castel Sant’Angelo. Numerous buses of the public transport system also stop at the stations Ponte Vittorio Emanuele and Castel Sant’Angelo.