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The Passetto of Borgo Sant'Angelo


Dim lights of the reflectors and oil lamps light up at night this fortified walkway, which the Mole Adriana arrives at Vatican City.
On hot summer days and twilight Ponentino relieve the oppression of the heat. Walking on a street during the day seems like so many others but mysterious and impressive to those who see it from below. Do you see glimpses of landscape and architecture meets the eye because of the Council ... The night, however, hides and reveals the imagination and sets in motion ... There are so many stories that can awaken. You can tell just a strain on the bridge axis by one of the places on the ramparts of the Castle Passetto. Welcomes you to a narrow passage, cut small slits. Above the bridge, which was reserved for the garrison, runs outside.
This is however a second parallel corridor covered, built and modified several times since the end of the Middle Ages, to allow the pope to leave unnoticed the Vatican to take refuge in Castel Sant'Angelo.

src="images/passetto_1.jpg" Leonine Walls consists of a viaduct, accessible from the Bastion of San Marco, which connects Castel Sant'Angelo to the Vatican palaces. It was built around 1277, by Pope Nicholas III. The architects took advantage of the old defensive walls built by Leo IV to achieve a 'corridor' (Runner) which would allow a quick and secure connection between the papacy and the Castle, to guarantee the safety of the pope in times of extreme danger.
The Passetto carried out his function until the seventeenth century: among the first to travel the 800 m long to find protection in Castel Sant'Angelo was Alexander VI, in 1494 forced to flee the troops of Charles VIII, and Clement VII, who in 1527 took advantage of the corridor to escape Lanzichenecchi who plunder and devastate the city .. Historically, this was the last major company connected to the Passetto, that with the end of the sixteenth century saw set its defensive function but not the interest in stories that revolve around them.
Among the most popular, misuse which was Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI). It says, in fact, that use it to reach its stealthily private apartments where he would numerous lovers. Anecdote from which the legend brings forth a special power of Passetto It is said that 77 times back and forth along the 800-meter walk (for a total of 61.6 km) that people can recover lost virility. We recommend comfortable shoes!

of Giorgia Mancini


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