The evening of our arrival we went immediately out on the street. Since we stayed close to Vatican City we
automatically ended up with Castel Sant'Angelo. The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant'Angelo (EN: 'Castle of the Holy Angel'), is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. The structure was once the tallest building in Rome.
Kings and popes sought shelter here in times of siege, untold numbers of prisoners were tortured
here and often
died in the catacombs.
Gate to Piazza del Popolo, which is a large urban square in Rome. The name in modern Italian literally means 'People's Square', but historically it derives from the poplars (populus in Latin, pioppo in Italian) after which the church of
Santa Maria del Popolo, in the northeast corner of the piazza, takes its name.
Piazza del Popolo
The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), or simply
Saint Peter's Basilica, is a church built in the Renaissance style located in Vatican City, the papal enclave
within the city of Rome.
On one of our nightly walks we were suprised by a display
on Saint Peter's Basilica, ca. 21:15. It went on and on.
I don't know the persons displayed, but it was very impressive!
These photo were taken from the square leading up to Castel Sant'Angelo, looking down Via della Conciliazione.
It was never crowded on Piazza Papa Pio XII; no doubt many people had a moment here of contemplation.