Rome is known as the city of seven hills, but it is more than that. Gianicolo Hill is not counted in the famous seven hills of the Rome. The hill offers a breathtaking scenic view of Central Rome.
It is outside the ancient city and very close to historic places like Vatican. The hill is also known as Janiculum hill. This is a perfect place for the sight lover as well as for history lovers. One of the highest hill in Rome, Gianicolo Hill shares the neighborhood with Trastevere.
Scenic beauty digs in your heart
Its panoramic scenic beauty has kept its significance in the city of Rome even after it is not included in famous seven. The beautiful sight includes many famous historic centers such as Dome of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Borghese Villa, and Galleria Borghese. Some of the historic churches can be seen. This place has a great history.
Janiculum is the name of a town founded by God Janus. A wall and a bridge that was built along with Tiber to join the rest of the city protected it.
The place is very popular in Italy for its war history. One of the colorful personalities of Italy, Giuseppe Garibaldi has a large statue at the top. This brave man was a general who fought in the liberation movements in Brazil and Uruguay. The hill is also known for its defense against French troops.
Attractions at Gianicolo Hill
The special thing about this place is its tradition. Cannon on the top of this hill is fired every day (obviously without the ball) at the time of noon in order to mark the hour. It was stopped for a few years from 1939, but currently firing every day. This is a great experience to watch this tradition.
Acqua Paola: Toward the southern end of Gianicolo Hill is the Acqua Paola Fountain, a beautiful marble made fountain that serves as the background for the Roman wedding photos.
Orto Botanico: On the east side of this hill, Botanical Garden adds to its beauty. A huge variety of fauna was initially used for medical purposes. The garden was originally made during the time of Pope Benedict VIII and now belongs to Sapienza University of Rome. Now, it contains modern greenhouse and fountains.
The Puppet Theater: it is a great source of entertainment as there is a tiny stage of the Teatrino di Pulcinella al Gianicolo. A group performs open-air puppet shows using the hand puppets called Pulcinella. You do not have to pay any penny to watch this show as this is free of cost.
Manfredi Lighthouse: At the top, Manfredo Manfredi built Janiculum Lighthouse in 1911. It was a gift by Italian immigrants in Argentina to their homeland’s capital.
San Pietro in Montorio: The famous church near the Independence War Memorial was built in 1481. It was constructed upon the request of the Spanish king Ferdinand II.
These all the monuments make this a perfect place to visit. You must visit Gianicolo Hill if you have gone to Italy.