Rising above the trendy neighborhood Trastevere, south of the Vatican, is set 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 to get away from the hustle and bustle of Rome.
Janiculum played an important historical role 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 that was built in 1911 as a gift from Italians who migrated to Argentina.
4. The Church of San Pietro in Montorio, that 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.