Midday cannon firing on Gianicolo hill in Rome Italy

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Since 1847 a cannon has been fired at twelve noon to mark mid day in Rome. The order to start the daily firing was given by the then Pope   Pius IX. In 1904 the event was moved to Gianicolo hill not far from the statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi.

The Gianicolo area

includes not just a cool leafy area perfect to get away from the hot busy city but a wonderful visita overlooking the city of Rome. The view is often seen in movies or TV programs.

The area includes the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola

Fontana dell'Acqua Paola
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The view from Gianicolo hill

View from JANICULUM HILL in Rome
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Termini station

Janiculum Terrace

Colosseum

Trevi fountain

Spanish steps

Vatican

TEMPLE OF BRAMANTE

Gianicolo hill

If you look at the map you can see the Gianicolo hill and it’s viewing terrace is off to the west of most of Rome’s sites. The main nearby site is the Vatican to the north of Gianicolo. But one that is nearby and often missed by tourists is the TEMPLE OF BRAMANTE. Accessing the temple isn’t always the easiest since it’s inside the Royal Spanish academy. Access is only possible during the opening hours Tuesday to Sunday. Note the Monday closure. Right next door is the Church of San Pietro  Montorio   If you are in the area planning a trip to all three is a good use of your time.