The Gianicolo and its wonders
If you are walking in Rome and you hear a cannon shot, don’t get scared! You probably are near one of the most fascinating hill of Rome: the Gianicolo. Infact, from 1847, to want some Papa Pio IX, a cannon shoots to midday in point. The pope wanted to impose a standard to the bells of the Church in Rome so that they played in unison all. From January 24 th 1904 the gun is set on top of the hill proper Gianicolo under the statue of Garibaldi and its shot, in the most silent days, it is audible up to the the Esquilino. Originally the cannon was positioned to Castel Sant’angelo but subsequently it was moved to the Gianicolo, to keep the tradition of the shot of midday.
Gianicolo is located near the river Trastevere, it isn’t one of the seven hill of Rome but it is one of the more beautiful with an enviable view that embraces all Rome from its ruins to the Prenestini mountains.
These are some of the most interesting places in the area:
- Fontana dell’acqua Paola, known as “Il Fontanone” (The big fountain) is a monumental Fountain It was built in 1612 to mark the end of theAcqua Paola aqueduct, restored by Pope Paolo IV, and took its name from him. It was the first major fountain on the right bank of the river Tiber.
- Faro Manfredi
- Chiesa di San Pietro in Montorio
- Monumento a Garibaldi, it is an equestrian statue of Garibaldi
Villa Doria Pamphili
The Villa Doria Pamphili is a seventeenth-century villa what is today the largest landscaped public park in Rome. It is located in the quarter of Monteverde on the Gianicolo.