Address: Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
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A walk along the Janiculum enables us to enjoy a series of wonderful views. Let’s start from piazza San Pietro in Montorio, were the Aventine with its churches, the ruins of the Palatine and, on the left, the Renaissance Palazzo Farnese stand out.
Let’s walk up along via Garibaldi, in the square near the Fontanone (“big fountain”), Villa Medici comes into sight in the background, in the frame of Villa Borghese. Let’s go on towards piazza G. Garibaldi, from this vantage point there is an amazing vista of all of the city’s major landmarks, its majestic ruins and its magnificent domes. On clear days, you can see all the way to the Alban Hills.
In the foreground stands the Capitol, in the background, on the right, rise white as ghosts the gigantic statues topping the façade of St John in Lateran. Among the palaces the Tiber runs sinuously.
At the very end of the belvedere (82 m high) are two big copies of maps representing a view of Rome from the Janiculum by Antonio Tempesta and Giuseppe Vasi.
Let’s continue our walk: while going down towards the Church of St Onofrio we cross the splendid Villa Lante by the architect Giulio Romano (1518-27), whose loggia-belvedere looks onto the city. In the end, we reach the widening of the Lighthouse by Manfredo Manfredi (1911), from this point of view you can enjoy what is considered the best panorama over the whole of the city of Rome.