For a slice of tranquility and a different perspective of Rome, we spent a morning at the Gianicolo (Janiculum) Hill, had lunch in the charming Trastevere neighborhood, and strolled along the Ponte Sisto.
We boarded a bus that halted near the Piazzale del Faro. The Faro al Gianicolo (Lighthouse) in this piazza was a gift from Argentina to Italy. From here, we walked along the Passeggiata del Gianicolo that leads to the hilltop. On the way, the equestrian monument of the brave Anita Garibaldi stands tall. At Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi, a monument to the hero dominates the square. Incredible views of Rome stretch out below the Gianicolo hill, and we spent some time trying to identify the innumerable monuments in Italy’s capital. On the other side, do not miss the special views of St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Gianicolo Hill, the site of a battle between Garibaldi and the French troops, is an oasis of green today. At the top, busts of many brave men who defended Italy dot the landscape.
We enjoyed walking along the tree-lined paths and gazing at the panoramic views of this magnificent city. In this serene location, Junior was actively engaged with pebbles, sticks and the bark of trees, while B and I mused over the magic of Rome. A city we always look forward to visiting. And each time, we toss a coin into the Trevi fountain, hoping to return to Rome.
After a satisfying lunch at a restaurant in the charming Trastevere neighborhood, we ambled along the quaint streets of the area before heading to the Ponte Sisto over the River Tiber. This bridge offers pretty views of the Gianicolo hill and St. Peter’s Basilica.