Ponte Sant' Angelo, thought by many (myself included) to be the most beautiful bridge in Rome, gained its name long before it was adorned, in the 17th century, with ten marble angels. It is, in fact, named after a single angel, which stands not on the bridge, but on the castle to which the bridge leads, namely the Castel Sant' Angelo.
The bridge was also called Pons Sancti Petri, as it was used by pilgrims to reach St Peter's Basilica.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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