Monday, November 16, 2009

Gorgeous day - some pics from Gianicolo Hill

We're having a a run of beautiful weather.

Instead of the constant cold and wet weather we had last November, it's been warm and partly sunny.

I went on a run up to to Gianicolo Hill. I have written about one of my favorite fountains located there.

The views of Rome are incredible from the hill.

Here are some pictures I took a while ago.

Not sure what time the puppet show starts but it's very popular.


The statue of Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro da Silva di Garibaldi (aka Anita Garibaldi) above her tomb. She was the Brazilian born wife of Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi. Her statue has her holding a gun and a baby. She fought along side her husband and died while pregnant with their fifth child during the Retreat from Rome.


A cannonball that was found during renovations of this church. This area was the scene of vicious bloody battles between the French and Italian revolutionaries fighting for Italy's freedom.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

and a lot of graffiti and cars parked everywhere :-) and a view over the traffic jams :D

Ciao Chow Linda said...
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Ciao Chow Linda said...

There are people who choose to see the glass half empty and focus on the graffiti and the cars. But they'd be ignoring the best part - the other half of the Gianicolo - it is one of the most beautiful walks up from Trastevere through the church of S. Pietro in Montorio to the cemetery, the American Academy,the Spanish embassy, the lavish Fontanone - Oh I'm getting homesick for Rome. I can just imagine your nice stroll and the view up there.

Moi said...

I love the cannon ball. I love the Tempietto, the view, basically everything. In the summer months, all the nonni hang out in the park because the breeze is natural AC.
nice post.

anna l'americana said...

Ah, the Fontanone! My sister and her S.O. used to run Teatro Studio out of there...Its closed now but don't know if you knew that the fountain is also a building (you can see a small courtyard around the side through the iron gates)!

My favorite memory of the Gianicolo, aside from the view (!!!!)? The cannone! For the uninitiated, at 12:00 noon every day, a cannon is fired off (blanks, of course)....I would kill right now just to hear the cannon, followed by the noon bells of S. Maria in Trastevere - that was the soundtrack of my childhood.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

anon - I'm not sure why you continue to live in a city you hate. Please move already.

CCL - I haven't seen the cemetery. You're right, that area has one of the nicest views in Rome.

moi - grazie. It does feel a good 10 degrees cooler up there during the summer.

anna - I've noticed the little courtyard behind the fountain. I can hear the cannon in my neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

I don't live in that dump called Rome: I fortunately live in Grottaferrata, but unfortunately I have to work in the pigsty called Rome... how can you like that shithole?

gibber said...

anon, just curious. if you hate rome so much, why do you read and post on a blog about rome?

Anna said...

Rome is unique, I love the picture with the puppets (they remember my childhood).
You know, in Liguria there is a walk dedicated to Anita Garibaldi (in Paradise Bay: Passeggiata degli Innamorati Anita Garibaldi)...it's beautiful!
Also here in Genoa we're having a beautiful weather...hope it last more, but it's not normal for this period of the year. Don't you think?

Anonymous said...

dear gibber,
I work in rome four days per week...
everytime I have to stand chaotic traffic, pollution, filthy streets, dog excrements, gypsies, arrogant boor people, pissed-off people, graffiti which cover EVERY building, urban blight that affects EVERY part of the city, gritty streets such as corso vittorio emanuele and via del corso, modern squalor, and I come back home with an atrocious headache... I wonder what nyc caribbean ragazza does to stand such crap... I envy her... and I'm not ironic...

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

anna - Yes it is a little warmer than usual. I hope to get up to your neck of the woods soon, maybe this spring before the tourist high season.

anon - Stop posting obnoxious comments on my blog. It's very rude.

I have already explained how I feel about the city I moved to. Rome doesn't need me to defend her. She's been here for over 2500 years and will be doing her thing long after you and I are gone from this earth.

Why don't you find a job in your lovely city and then you won't have to deal with Rome anymore.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This is a fascinating area - I love these kinds of bits of history that are just interspersed in places we see every day. Much easier to find those in Europe, though! (Or any place with a longer architectural history than the U.S.)

www.Gatto999.it said...

Ciao form Italy
:)

Los Angelista said...

Go, Anita Garibaldi!

Love the pics and I'm glad you're enjoying the outdoors since the weather is so fine.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

jen - the amount of history here is staggering. I haven't even begun to scratch the surface and I've been living here for over a year and visited as a tourist three times before the move.

gatto - ciao, grazie for reading.

los angelista - her story is incredible. I assume there have been a few biopics on her.