When I want to escape from the tourist crowd and enjoy one of the best and previlegious view of of Rome City, there is not better place to go than Terrazza del Gianicolo. Just outside the ancient city and is a great place to visit to get away from the bustle of Rome and not to mention that the panorama from the top of the hill is breath-taking and perfect spot to take a lot of photos.
Considered by many as the eighth hill of Rome, is a peaceful and refreshing attraction close to the city center. As you walk up its pathways, you'll enjoy superb views of the city.
This place also has important historical role that it played in the defence of the city. Becoming the setting for the battle in which Garibaldi repelled an attack from French troops in 1849 defending the revolutionary Roman Republic against French forces, who were fighting to restore the temporal power of the Pope over Rome. Several monuments to Garibaldi and to the fallen in the wars of Italian independence are on the Terrazza del Gianocolo.
Daily at noon, a cannon fires once from the top of Terrazza del Gianocolo in the direction of the Tiber's river as a time signal. This tradition goes back to December 1847, when the cannon of the Castel Sant'Angelo gave the sign to the surrounding belltowers to start ringing at midday. In 1904, the ritual was transferred to the Terraza del Gianocolo and continued until 1939. On 21 April 1959, popular appeal convinced the Commune of Rome to resume the tradition after a twenty-year interruption.
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