Midday cannon firing on Gianicolo hill in Rome Italy
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
The view from Gianicolo hill
TEMPLE OF BRAMANTE
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.