Passetto di Borgo

in Roma, Italy

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Borgo Sant'Angelo, 22-24, 00193 Roma, Italy
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N41° 54' 12" E12° 27' 42"   (41.903333333333, 12.461666666667)
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The Passetto di Borgo, or simply Passetto, is an elevated passage that links the Vatican City with the Castel Sant'Angelo. It is an approximately 800 metres (2,600 ft) long corridor, located in the rione of Borgo. It was erected in 1277 by Pope Nicholas III, but parts of the wall were built by Totila during the Gothic War. On several occasions it served as an escape route for Popes in danger.
Pope Alexander VI crossed it in 1494, when Charles VIII invaded the city and the pope's life was in peril.
Clement VII escaped to safety through this passage during the Sack of Rome in 1527, when troops of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, massacred almost the entire Swiss Guard on the steps of St Peter's Basilica.


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Passetto di Borgo

Address: Borgo Sant'Angelo, 22-24, 00193 Roma, Italy