Gianicolo Hill (Passeggiata del Gianicolo)

#12 in Best Things To Do in Rome
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Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Free, Hiking, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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To the west of the Tiber River (near another top attraction, Trastevere), Gianicolo Hill, or the Janiculum, is just waiting to be climbed. Although a hike, the site provides unobstructed, panoramic views of the Eternal City. Once at the top, visitors will be able to spot some of Rome's most famous buildings, including St. Peter's Basilica and the Altare della Patria. Interestingly, since it sits outside the ancient city, it's not considered one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Along with the spectacular views, you'll also spot a few monuments, including the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola, or Il Fontanone, which was originally built in the early 1600s.

Travelers report being impressed by the views of Gianicolo Hill, with many recommending a visit at sunrise or sunset for a truly breathtaking experience. Though many don't consider it a "must-see," reviewers did concede that a trek here offers a nice respite from the city's crowded tourist spots.

The summit of Gianicolo can be reached by climbing Trastevere's Via Garibaldi. The hill can be accessed 24/7 free of charge.

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