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Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome

Ostia, Italy, Europe: Castel Sant'Angelo, tomb for Emperor Hadrian and later backdrop for Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck
50 Lungotevere Castello
Italy 00193
Tel: 39 06 681 9111's insider take:

Remember the scene in Roman Holiday where Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn dance on a barge before jumping into the Tiber? The beautifully lit building in the background was Castel Sant'Angelo, originally built as a tomb for Emperor Hadrian but converted by beleaguered Renaissance popes into an impregnable fortress, complete with luxury living quarters, gloriously decorated by Renaissance greats. The Chapel in the Cortile d'Onore was designed for Leo X by Michelangelo; Clement VII's tiny personal bathroom was frescoed by Giulio Romano. The castle's dank prisons and display of torture implements will entertain the kids. There's also a rooftop café where you can enjoy lunch with a 360-degree view of the city.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays 9 am to 7 pm.

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