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Gianicolo

Gianicolo (80)

Situated opposite the Tiber, Monte Gianicolo is famous for the important role it placed in the defence of the city. Crucial battles took place on this hill, such as the conflict in 1849 between the French and the defenders of the Roman Republic, led by Garibaldi. 

It was in the 1890s when the area became a public park. 

It is well worth taking a stroll around the hill, something many Roman families do, especially at the weekends. If you do so, you will see that the area is full of shops and children’s shows, among which feature its famous puppet shows.

We also recommend that, as much as it is possible, you go there around midday, since at twelve midday every day a cannon is fired on the Gianicolo to mark the time. 

The climb up the hill is quite tiring, but the great views you will get on reaching the summit make it well worth the effort. On the way you will come across lots of busts connected to Garibaldi and amongst the other outstanding elements you will see there is an equestrian statue of Garibaldi and another of his Brazilian wife, Anita, buried beneath her statue. 

You will also see the Manfredi lighthouse, built in 1911 and donated to the city by Italians living in Argentina. 

Finally, you have Tasso’s Oak, a monument dedicated to the poet Torquato Tasso, who liked to sit here in the days before his death, which occurred in 1595.

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