Rome: panoramic terraces and a breath-taking

Published on Jun 09, 2016

That Rome offers most of the views is now well known, especially for the inhabitants of the capital. But one should not underestimate the beautiful views that the city offers roman. For this reason we decided to list the best panoramic terraces in which you can find in Rome.

Let's start from one of the terraces more notes: the Janiculum. The roman hill rises up behind Trastevere and extends up to the Basilica of St. Peter. In addition to being one of the most romantic places in the capital, offers a breathtaking panorama that encompasses almost all of the major monuments of Rome. Peculiarity of the place is the well-known cannon, built for want of Pope Pius IX in 1847 to synchronize all the churches, fires blanks at noon on the dot. But the hill of the Gianicolo, was also a place of battle between the French and garibaldi in 1849: the hill was bombarded and stormed, making vain the defensive barricades of garibaldi and of mazzini. However, those events, heroic became the example of the struggle for the freedom and for the land. Not the case inside the park, on the highest part of the hill, you can find an equestrian monument dedicated to Garibaldi and its enterprises.

Vantage point just as well-known is the Pincio, located inside Villa Borghese above the Piazza del Popolo. Accessible from within the park or from the steps of Trinità dei Monti, the terrace offers a beautiful spectacle, which is often used in postcards. The promenade of the Pincio, was devised by the napoleonic administration, established in Rome from 1810, to meet the many needs of nature, urbanism and the social: on the one hand served to make the People's Square as the main entrance to the north; the other responded to the need to equip the “second city of the empire” of urban space, aimed at the recreation and health of the people.

From the opposite side of Piazza del Popolo along the via del Corso is Piazza Venezia and the Altare della Patria. Here it is possible to use a lift to reach the terrace on its top: the Terrace of the Chariots, also better known as Victorian. The terrace allows you to enjoy a 360° panorama on the capital. Known as the Altare della Patria, Vittoriano was built to celebrate and commemorate Vittorio Emanuele II, first king of Italy. It was erected between 1885 and 1911 and is in addition to the majesty of Rome, the amor patria, where, in November 1923, was buried in the heart of the Victorian the body of the unknown soldier.

On the Aventine hill, we find the Garden of Oranges, also referred to by the name of Parco Savello, which is home to several citrus trees. The true highlight of the park is the Cupola of San Pietro, which stands at the center of the scene, and is already visible from the inside of the garden. About the park, it extends in the area of the ancient fortress was erected by the Savelli family between 1285 and 1287 at the church of Santa Sabina on the Aventine hill. The current garden was built in 1932 by Raffaele de Vico, after it had been decided to allocate a public park, and the area that the dominican fathers of the nearby church used as a market garden, in order to create a new belvedere alongside those of the Pincio and the Gianicolo.

Between the terraces available for a fee there are the Dome of St. Peter's and Castel Sant'angelo. Despite the large number of steps, both of which offer the chance to climb in the elevator, and the view, which will appear once you reach the top and will leave your mouth open. As we all know, the dome was designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti, starting from the end of 1546, during the pontificate of pope Paul III; the work was completed in 1590 and three years after it was installed on the spire of the lantern of the great sphere, in bronze-gilt, surmounted by a cross, designed by Sebastiano Torrigiani. With regard to the Castel Sant'angelo, it should be remembered that its history coincides with that of Rome. In fact, the castle was originally created as a tomb built by the emperor Hadrian, and its possession was an object of contention for many roman families. The mausoleum took its current name in 590 following the medieval legend according to which the Archangel Michael appeared to pope Gregory the great on the top of the Mole, announcing the end of the plague. Even today in the Capitoline Museum, is preserved a stone circle with imprints of the feet, which, according to tradition, would have been left by the Archangel.

To conclude, if you'd like to enjoy the ancient Rome, you should go on the Palatine hill, one of the seven hills of the capital. From the hill, in fact, it is possible to admire the whole area of the roman forum, the Colosseum. Among other things, legend has it that Rome had its origins on the Palatine hill, which was originally a swamp. By the end of the SEVENTH century.C., after the reclamation of the marshes in the valley was built the roman Forum which was the center of public life for over a millennium. In the course of the centuries there were built monuments: first the buildings for political activities, religious and commercial, and then the basilicas civil, where activities took place proceedings. Only towards the end of the republican period, the Forum romanum became insufficient and inadequate to perform the function of administrative centre and representation of the city.

Alessia Battistella

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