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Ponte Sant'Angelo and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy

Gaze west as the Tiber River bends at Vatican City in Rome, and you may be rewarded with a scene like this. The ancient Roman bridge is the Ponte Sant’Angelo, built in 134 CE. Beyond, within the walled city-state of the Vatican, is the iconic dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Every June 2, Italian citizens celebrate Italy Republic Day, an observance of the post-war vote in 1946 that established the modern Italian republic.

Ponte Sant’Angelo, once the Aelian Bridge or Pons Aelius, meaning the Bridge of Hadrian, is a Roman bridge in Rome, 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 five arches, three of which are Roman; 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, and Borgo, to whom the bridge administratively belongs.
Phone: 060608
Construction completed: 134 AD
Length: 443 feet (135 m)
Height: 23′ 0″ (7 m) (Architectural)
Location: Rome
Crosses: Tiber