Panoramas - From the Campidoglio (Rome from above) to Monte Mario

"Panoramas - From the Campidoglio (Rome from above) to Monte Mario" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Thursday 23rd June 2011

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You may begin tour of "Rome from above" from the Campidoglio in the centre of the city. Going beyond the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, behind Palazzo Senatorio, there is a square on the right from where one of the best views of the Roman Forum and the ancient Via Sacra can be obtained. Among the many archaeological remains which can be seen are sections of the temples of Caesar and Romulus.

From the Campidoglio you go to the Parco del Pincio, one of the city's most atmospheric panoramic viewpoints. Below the Pincio is Piazza del Popolo, and by simply raising your eyes the majestic cupola of Saint Peter's comes into view, while further away towards Gianicolo, there is the wonderful equestrian statue of Garibaldi. The Gianicolo is the hill with the largest number of panoramic points in the city.

From Piazza San Pietro in Montorio you may face the Aventine hill and all its churches, as well as the archaeological remains of the Palatine hill, Palazzo Farnese can also be seen; from Piazza Garibaldi the hills which surround Rome rise up while in the foreground is the Campidoglio and the facade of Saint John in Lateran; one of the most complete views of the city can be got from the square around the lighthouse of Manfredo Manfredi. One view which certainly should not missed is from the famous "key hole" in the gate of number 3 Piazza Cavalieri di Malta, looking through the keyhole you see a perfectly framed view of the cupola of Saint Peter's.
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You may now go to the beautiful "Giardino degli Aranci" on the Aventine hill where there is a spectacular view of Monte Mario and the Gianicolo. At the bottom of the hill you will reach the city council's Rose Garden and the wide-open space of the Circus Maximus and the Palatine hill. Another wonderful view of the city is surely from the terrace of Castel Sant'Angelo, from where the Palazzo di Giustizia, Villa Borghese, the Quirinale, the Pantheon, the Campidoglio, and the hills of the Aventine, Gianicolo and Saint Peter's can be admired.

From Castel Sant'Angelo you can move on to nearby Saint Peter's, where from the panoramic gallery on the exterior of the cupola there is a 360 degrees view of the city as far as the Castelli Romani. Finally there is Monte Mario: from the famous "Vialetto degli innamorati" ("Lover's Lane"), on the peak of hill you can see the modern part of the city, including the Flaminio area and the Foro Italico.

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