Gianicolo (Janiculum in English) is the second-tallest hill in Rome and one of the city’s most popular attractions. While it’s not one of the “Seven Hills of Rome,” as it sits outside the ancient boundaries of the city, it provides perhaps the best panoramic view that you can get. West of Trastevere, visitors can reach the summit by walking (or taking the bus) along the tranquil Passeggiata del Gianicolo leading up the hill. At the top, there are several monuments to the Garibaldi family as well as the Orto Botanico dell’Università di Roma “La Sapienza,” a botanical garden sitting slightly under the viewing area.
Is it worth the trip? Definitely. It’s cool and breezy up here; wholly romantic. I can only imagine that this effect is magnified many times over during the sunrise, the sunset and the night.