Rising above the trendy neighborhood Trastevere, south of the Vatican sets the Janiculum Hill (Gianicolo in Italian). Some people consider it as the eighth hill of Rome. Nestled just outside the historical center, it is a peaceful place to visit and get away from Rome's hustle and bustle.
Janiculum played an important historical role in defending the city; that's why its walking paths are full of sculptures of important heroes, including Giuseppe Garibaldi.
The most attractive feature of Janiculum Hill is its sweeping view of Rome across the river that starts already when you walk up its pathways.
Janiculum is a charming location to stroll around; usually, there are activities for children, such as puppet shows or pony rides. You will find the following interesting landmarks as well:
1. The Botanic Garden, home to several thousands of plant species
2. Fontana dell'Acqua Paola, a monumental marble fountain
3. Manfredi Lighthouse, a beautiful light built in 1911 as a gift from Italians who migrated to Argentina.
4. The Church of San Pietro in Montorio was part of a convent for Franciscan monks
5. The Garibaldi Monument
Janiculum Hill can be reached by taking Via di Gianicolo at Piazza della Rovere, near St. Peter's Basilica, and hike up the hill. It's quite a hike, but you will be rewarded with amazing views.