"GIANICOLO" Gianicolo by icunme
Gianicolo Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 69 photos
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The most incredible view of Rome from Gianicolo Hill. I walked up the Gianicolo from Vatican square where I had gone to follow the Passetto as it entered the Vatican Papal residence. It was a winding upward trek but very rewarding - especially when I reached the summit!
Although it is the second tallest hill (Monte Mario being the first) in Rome, the Gianicolo is not among those proverbial Seven Hills of Rome as it is west of the Tiber and outside the formal boundaries of the ancient city. Janiculum (derived from Janus) served as the center for the cult of the god Janus, and the fact that it overlooked the city made it an ideal location for devotees to observe their rights.
The Janiculum is one of the best locations for a breathtaking vistas of the innumerable domes and bell towers that form the skyline of our architectural landscape.
Yep, you guessed it - right there in center left is the "cake" - also known as Vittorio Emanuelle Monument (some dub it The Vittorio Emanuelle Monstrosity). Love it or loath it - it serves us well as a landmark and has given me bearings as I wondered about, lost in unfamiliar Rome streets.
Piazzale del Gianicolo and is devoted to Garibaldi and his followers.
The Janiculum is the site of a battle in 1849 between the forces of Garibaldi and French forces fighting on behalf of the Pope, who sought to restore the dominion of Papal States over Rome. Because of this battle, several monuments to Garibaldi and to the fallen in the wars of Italian independence are on the Janiculum as well.
A single cannon fires daily at Noon from the Gianicolo toward the Tiber to signal the exact time. This tradition goes back to December 1847 when the cannon of the Castel Sant'Angelo signaled the belltowers to ring at midday. The ritual was transferred in 1904 to the Gianicolo and was discontinued in 1939. The population demanded that the Commune of Rome resume the tradition and it commenced once again on April 21, 1959, after the twenty-year interruption.
- Pros:Most incredible panarama of Rome
The Wall was inaugurated as part of our 150th Unification celebration on March 17, 2011, and you can see inscribed in... more travel advice
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