Before you start reading, here is the trailer of the movie
Dan Brown is one of my favorite author, the books The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demon, are the perfect mix of history, mistery, travel and novel.
My hubby and I spend a week in Rome and in Vatican city, there are no words to describe how amazing they are, the food, the art, the streets, is like an outdoor museum.
So being there, of course I couldn’t miss to do the Angels & Demons tour.
1. The Pantheon
Langdon comes to the Pantheon, mistakenly thinking it to be the first altar of science due to the first line of the poem “From Santi’s earthly tomb with demon’s hole”. This is an spectacular building, the entry is totally free, but you have to wait in line to enter. Tip: Have an amazing dinner at Armando al Pantheon
2. Santa María del Popolo (First altar of science Earth)
Go to Chigi Chapel, where the first cardinal murder takes place in the book. Here you’ll find Bernini’s statue Habakkuk and the angel, pointing the way and guiding Robert Langdon down the path of illumination. Unfortunately We didn’t get to see them as the site was closed due to restorations, but nevertheless we hanged around Piazza del Popolo
3. Saint Peter’s Square (Second altar Air)
The second cardinal was found dead in the square itself, lying by a fountain with his ribs punctured (“air escaping his ribs”).
We arrived on a sunday morning minutes before the Angelus, the best part, we got to see Il Santo Padre Francesco so close!!! We felt blessed!!
4. Church of Santa María della Vittoria (Third altar Fire)
Here you have to look for Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Teresa, a tribute to the fundamental element ‘Fire’ is considered by many to be an almost-pornographic statue. You have to use google map to located the church, cuz is very hard to find (although there is a church in every corner of Rome).All churches in Rome have free entry, all you have to do is dress appropriately and not go when there are mass.
5. Four River Fountain in Piazza Navona (Fourth altar Water)
In the fountain you’ll see four male figures that symbolize the four important rivers of the old world, one of each continent – America (Rio della Plata), Africa (Nile), Asia (Ganges) and Europe (Danube). Here is where the last cardinal almost get killed.
Must say this is by far my favorite fountain, it is so beautifully made and has so many details that You can stare at it for hours.
6. Castel Sant’ Angelo and Ill Passetto
This castle was the meeting spot of the Illuminati, and is connected to the Vatican through a secret passage – “Ill Passetto”. It has an imposing structure, This Castel overlooking the Tiber River might look haunting even if you hadn’t read “Angels & Demons,” but it’ll undoubtedly be more so if you have. You have to wait in a long line to enter, and you must pay, because is a museum. You have to climb all the stairs to see the angel on the top and also to have the best view of Rome.
Spectacular view of Rome
The famous Angel
7. Final Stop: The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Church
Beautiful almost divine Sistine Chapel, is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, and most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Is a sacred place and very guarded, you are not allow to take pictures (my bad! sorry)
St. Peter’s Church is absolutely breathtaking, You’ll see the majestic St. Peter tomb inside, the same place where the anti-matter canister was hidden in the storyline, and where the Camerlengo dies.
Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour!