Passeggiata Avenue of Gianicolo (Piazzale e Passeggiata del Gianicolo)

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 E.Gallori at Passeggiata Avenue of Gianicolo (or Janiculum), Rome

The square on the top of Gianicolo (or Janiculum) Hill and the avenue (passeggiata) going throughout all the Hill were realized in 1885-1887 on the territory of the ex Parco Corsini. Passeggiata del Gianicolo avenue was opened in 1880-84 on the top of the hill from Acqua Paola to S. Onofrio. In the redesign of the area Villa Lanti lost its gardens, but the casino is still there with its elegant loggia.

Numerous busts of the volunteers took part in the defense of Rome stand along the road; in the middle of the square in 1895 was erected an equestrian monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi, by E.Gallori (pictured above). Around the base are 4 bronze groups: in front, "Charge of Manara's Bersaglieri" (Rome, 1849); behind, "Battle of Calatafimi" (Sicily, 1860); at the sides, "Europe" and "America". The statue itself is 7m high.
Passeggiata Avenue of Gianicolo (Piazzale e Passeggiata del Gianicolo)
At the distance of approx.50m along the passeggiata can be seen the equestrian monument to Anita Garibaldi (pictured below), erected in 1932 by the sculptor M.Rutelli, granted to Rome by the Brazilian Government in honour of her Brazilian origin, and incorporating her tomb. From the square opens one of the most beautiful views on Rome. At the midday, from the balcony of the piazzale takes place the everyday shot of the cannon giving a sign of the exact time. This tradition began in December 1847, when the cannon of the Castel Sant'Angelo was giving the official time of Rome and the sign to all the bell-towers to start ringing. On 24 January 1904 this custom was brought to Janiculum and continued till 1939. In 1959 the popular TV program, Il Musichiere, appealed to the authorities to continue the midday cannon tradition. The Commune of Rome accepted this request and on 21 April, 1959 fired the first shot.
Anita Garibaldi at Piazzale e Passeggiata del Gianicolo
Via Garibaldi ends at the neo-classical Porta San Pancrazio; a right turn here leads to the Passeggiata del Gianicolo, which runs along the ridge of the Gianicolo (or Janiculum) Hill towards the Vatican. White busts of Garibaldi's Italian patriots line the shady park drive, and an equestrian statue of the general himself looms above the airy promenade at Piazzale Garibaldi. A traditional puppet theater holds performances here for kids on weekend mornings and evenings.

Passeggiata Avenue of Gianicolo (Piazzale e Passeggiata del Gianicolo)
Via Garibaldi, salita di Sant'Onofrio
00165, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
Entrances: Via Garibaldi, Piazza della Rovere (salita di Sant'Onofrio)
Passeggiata Avenue of Gianicolo (Piazzale e Passeggiata del Gianicolo) is Shown By "Map G Zone" As "19"
Bus: Bus line n° 870; Shuttle bus from the Gianicolo (or Janiculum) every 15 minutes to Passeggiata del Gianicolo.
Transit: Roma S.Pietro (687 m NW
Tram: 4
Tel.: +39 06 678 7857 ‎

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