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Gianicolo Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 69 photos

Gianicolo - Rome's aerial museum is not in Rome!

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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.

Panorama from Gianicolo

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.

Monument honoring Garibaldi

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.

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  • Pros:Most incredible panarama of Rome
  • Last visit to Gianicolo: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 16, 2011
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Gianicolo is so charming and your photographs are so lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    Interesting Gianicolo travel page with excellent photographs. Janiculum Fountain and Gianicolo Hill certainly look and sound wonderful and interesting to visit and explore! ~ho & pang

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    That is a wonderful landscape on Rome!

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Those Romans really knew how to build a fountain! I'm ready for that buffet for dinner...let's go!

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Great photos!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Must be marvellous having all this on your doorstep! Thanks for visiting Ardtoe and Arisaig.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Here's another thing I didn't see in Rome. Thanks for sharing. How come you get so many people to view your pages yet I can't get anyone to look at Bamberg? Cheers.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2009 at 7:18 AM

    How good to have Gianicolo Park so close. The view of Rome from the restuarant must be very romantic. Sigh!! Great pics, Carol

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    So while I was visiting more of your Italy, I found the suburb area we want to see when next in Rome along with Hadrian's villa, Frascati, and Tivoli. Good pictures of the area

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2009 at 5:56 AM

    Just had another glance at this lovely page


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