Being a tourist in my own city
There is just so much and see and do in Rome that you feel really spoilt for choice on a daily basis.
I love seeing new things and learning and getting to know new parts of the city. So I’ve been pretty active since moving here, attempting to do at least a couple of new things each week.
This Saturday morning when I woke up I decided to be a tourist in my own city! Despite how many times I’d been to Rome before living here, there are still plenty of ‘touristy’ things that I haven’t experienced. I’d never been to Gianicolo or in English, Janiculum and it’s situated right in the historical centre, here in Trastevere, just above the Vatican.
Rome is known as the city of seven hills, but it actually has more than that and even though it’s not counted among the ancient seven, Gianicolo is regarded as the hill that offers the best view of Rome. The panorama and the silence actually took my breath away (and literally, so did the bloody climb!)
Apart from providing a stunning view of most of Rome’s ancient landmarks, including the Pantheon and the monument to Vittorio Emmanuele II (widely known as the wedding cake – the massive white building in Piazza Venezia), it’s a significant historical area of the city.
It’s actually the site of the battle for Rome and with the monuments and busts of heroes scattered along the pathways and a massive statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi on horseback in the central Piazza Garibaldi on the hill, it provides a modern history lesson on the Italian Risorgimento (the 19thcentury movement and wars that unified modern Italy).
The bloodiest of the battles were fought on Gianicolo and to this day, at noon daily, a cannon fires in the direction of the Tiber River to signal the exact time of the battle. Pretty amazing!
All for now!
Signing off from Trastevere,