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Pincio

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Historians still have their doubts about the origin of the Pincio Hill, although the most likely theory is that it housed the residence of the Pinci family, who would give their name to the hill. 

In the early 19th century, the architect Giuseppe Valadier turned the hill into magnificent gardens. He designed the series of ramps and terraces that join the Piazza del Popolo with an impressive viewpoint.  

Its wide avenues with pine trees, palm trees and oaks soon became the perfect spot for strolling around. Along its paths you will see a succession of busts that represent Italian patriots. Another of its big attractions is the large Egyptian obelisk that Emperor Hadrian built on the tomb of his handsome slave Antinous.

If you feel like a drink in the Casina Valadier café, make a note that the same spot was frequented in their time by figures as important as Gandhi, Mussolini or Richard Strauss.

We really do recommend a walk around these magnificent gardens, especially at dusk, where you will be able to take in a wonderful sunset. The views of the city from here are simply spectacular. 

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