The Gianicolo does not count as one of the official seven hills of Rome, but many Romans would argue it is the prettiest, overlooking the City from the west, dotted with vast parks and beautiful villas.
It is accessible by foot from Trastevere, and is worth the climb on a beautiful day. Start up the winding V. Garibaldi, past the convent andChurch o£ S. Maria Sette Dolori , watching for a path opening on the right that leads to a set of stairs that bring you to the Piazza and Church of S. Pietro in Montorio, rebuilt with the assistance of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, on what was long believed to be the site of St. Peter’s crucifixion.
The church is both simple and lovely, but what continues to draw admirers to this spot is the exquisite Tempietto di Bramante in the cloister .to the right.
Follow the curving V. Garibaldi up and to the right to the wonderful Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, set Into the wall of theSpanish Academy, then turn up V. Giacomo Medici to V. Angelo Masina for a peek at the American Academy of Rome, established in 1894, and home to a rotating roster of American scholars and artists invited for stays in Rome. At the end of V. Masina, follow passeggiata del Gianicolo toPiazzale Garibaldi to enjoy Its thrilling prospect over Rome, then retrace your steps to V. Garibaldi and return to the bottom of the hill.
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