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The view from one of the bastions of Castel Sant'Angelo over the Tiber river with the famous Bernini bridge. 
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The view from one of the bastions of Castel Sant'Angelo over the Tiber river with the famous Bernini bridge.
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Ponte Sant'Angelo
Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, Italy, and the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge over the Tiber river. 
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Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, Italy, and the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge over the Tiber river.

"The rather forbidding round form of Castel Sant’Angelo dominates many views of the River Tiber. Conceived by Hadrian (AD117-138) as his mausoleum, it has been remodelled over the years and has served as a mausoleum for a number of other emperors and their families, a papal refuge, prison, garrison for Napoleonic troops, and now as a museum. The castle is constructed on four main floors with the beautiful papal apartments on the upper two storeys. It is crowned by a huge bronze statue of the Archangel Michael, which has given the castle its name." (P. Harcourt Davies, Fiona Nichols: Rome and the Vatican, 2006).
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On the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge over the Tiber river in Rome. 
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On the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge over the Tiber river in Rome.

Wikipedia: "Ponte Sant'Angelo, once the Aelian Bridge or Pons Aelius, meaning the Bridge of Hadrian, is a Roman bridge in Rome, central Italy, completed in 134 AD by Roman Emperor Hadrian, to span the Tiber, from the city center to his newly constructed mausoleum, now the towering Castel Sant'Angelo. The bridge is faced with travertine marble and spans the Tiber with three arches; it was approached by means of ramp from the river. The bridge is now solely pedestrian, and provides a photogenic vista of the Castel Sant'Angelo. It links the rioni of Ponte (which was named after the bridge itself), and Borgo."

"Before him, across the bridge, the stone fortress rose like a mountain. Aching and depleted, Langdon broke into a loping run. On both sides of him now, like a gauntlet of escorts, a procession of Bernini angels whipped past, funneling him toward his final destination. Let angels guide you on your lofty quest. The castle seemed to rise as he advanced, an unscalable peak, more intimidating to him even than St. Peter's. He sprinted toward the bastion, running on fumes, gazing upward at the citadel's circular core as it shot skyward to a gargantuan, sword-wielding angel." (Dan Brown: Angels and Demons, 2000).

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On the southeast end of the Isola Tiberina, Rome's only island, near the single remaining arch of the Pons Aemilius bridge. 
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On the southeast end of the Isola Tiberina, Rome's only island, near the single remaining arch of the Pons Aemilius bridge.

Wikipedia: The Pons Aemilius (Italian: Ponte Emilio), today called Ponte Rotto, is the oldest Roman stone bridge in Rome, Italy. Preceded by a wooden version, it was rebuilt in stone in the 2nd century BC. It once spanned the Tiber, connecting the Forum Boarium with Trastevere; a single arch in mid-river is all that remains today, lending the bridge its name Ponte rotto ("Broken bridge").

The oldest piers of the bridge were probably laid when the Via Aurelia was constructed in the mid-3rd century BC. Initially constructed in 179 BC with stone piers and a wooden superstructure, the bridge was fitted in 142 BC with six wholly stone arches. In 12 BC, Augustus completely restored the bridge with a tuff and concrete core.

Damaged and repaired on several occasions, the bridge was defunct by 1598, when its eastern half was carried away in a flood. The remaining half was demolished in the 1880s, leaving behind only one arch.

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The banks of the Tiber under the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome. 
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The banks of the Tiber under the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome.
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