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Vatican City State

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* <see name="Castel Sant'Angelo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="09.:00 to -19.00, last entry at 18.:30, closed on MondaysMs" price="Euros 8,€8.5, with reductions. Roma Pass accepted" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Perhaps the most fascinating building in Rome. The core of the structure began life as the mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian, built between 135 and 139 AD. Subsequent strongholds were built on top of the mausoleum during the Middle Ages and were in turn incorporated into a residence and castle by the Popes. The building was used as a prison until 1870, but now houses a museum. Opera buffs will be exhilarated to visit the balcony from which Tosca leaps to her death; film buffs will recognise as a setting from "''Angels and Demons"''.</see>
* <see name="Palazzo di Giustizia" alt="Palace of Justice" address="piazza Cavour" directions="buses #87 and #130; Metro line A, "Lepanto" stop" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Designed by architect Guglielmo Calderini and built from 1889 to 1911 in order to house the ''Corte di Cassazione'' (the Italian equivalent of the Supreme Court), this imposing neo-Renaissance palace underwent extensive restoration in 1970, when its foundations nearly sunk into the alluvial terrain. The adjoining piazza Cavour was laid out by architect Nicodemo Severi in 1885, and a sculpture by Stefano Galletti celebrating Count Camillo Benso di Cavour (the ''éminence grise'' behind the Italian Unification) lies at the centre of the gardens. Following the construction of an underground parking lot between 2006 and 2012, the square has been recently refurbished.

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