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Passetto di Borgo, Rome

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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 at least two 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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  • Have a look on the left of the castle Sant'Angelo in front of you. The wall with several arches links the apostolic palace to the castle Sant'Angelo. It is an emergency exit for the pope in case of...  more »
  • This passage is built to provide the Pope with an escape route from the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo during times of siege of the Vatican. Unless you know what you are looking for it looks just like....  more »
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  • High above street, elevated passage that connects basilica of St. Peter and Castel Sant'Angelo. It was the sight of the probably most famous and dramatic event in the history of Vatican when troops of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, massacred almost the entire Swiss Guard on the steps of St Peter's Basilica, buying time for pope Clement VII who escaped to safety through this passage during the Sack of Rome in 1527.
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