Lazio is home to unique attractions; Rome alone is full of interesting excursion sites. The most visited cultural institution is Pinacoteca Vaticana; this large-scale art museum was founded in 1908 by Pope Pius VI. There are about 500 paintings in 18 rooms of the museum; unique 11th-century paintings and works of internationally renowned artists dating back to the late Middle Ages are among them. Not far from the museum there is the beautiful St. Peter’s Basilica that is also of great interest from a historical and architectural point of view.
Among prominent historical monuments of Rome Castel Sant'Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, is the most notable. This building is nearly 2000 years old; according to historical records, in ancient times, the mausoleum was a fabulously beautiful building decorated with precious materials.
In the early 5th century, mausoleum built on the order of the Emperor Hadrian was rebuilt into a fortress and lost its former beauty. Today, beautiful sculptures are the main decoration of the old building; it is now converted into the historical museum. The spacious terrace of the castle is equipped with excellent viewing platform for visitors.
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