... from the Janiculum.
One definitely better viewed at "Original" size!
Take a taxi or a 115 or 870 bus if feeling lazy... or walk up from the church of San Pietro in Montorio, where you can see
Bramante's pocket-sized Tempietto, built - it's said - where Saint Peter was crucified. Check for the opening times of both!
There's a map of the 115 route here... http://www.atac.roma.it/files/rdoc.asp?r=1229
Continue past a monument to those who fell in the battle for Independence 1848-1870 - inscribed 'Roma o Morte' (Rome or death).
Pass by the gushing waters of the 'Acqua Paola' fountain, which once drove the city's flour mills and, more recently,
electricity generators - after a mainly underground journey of 40 miles from their source, near Lake Bracciano.
In January 2010 two British men rediscovered exactly where that is, centuries after its location was lost.
Continue up to Piazzale Aurelio, and turn right for Piazzale Garibaldi, which overlooks where they fire the noon cannon.
Walking along the hilltop ridge, on both sides you see a succession of great views over the city and its surroundings.
There's often a puppeteer, snacky things to be tried, plus the strangely-placed Argentinian lighthouse, and as
well as statues of Italy's independence leader - Giuseppe Garibaldi - and of his wife, Anita, astride a rearing horse,
with here pistol drawn and their baby under one arm!
San Pietro in Montorio
When last checked, open daily from 8.30 to noon;
and also from 3PM to 4PM - Mon-Friday only.
A perfect church in miniature - built, so some say,
on the spot where Saint Peter was crucified.
Be sure to check opening times - or, like us, you'll
not get in!
'Acqua Paola' fountain
Fed by an aqueduct that once ran nearby flour mills and, more recently, powered some
of the city's first electrical generators, the unpalatable waters of this fountain
originate near Lake Bracciano and travel - mostly underground - some 40 miles to Rome.
Two British amateur archaeologists recently rediscovered just where some of the
Bracciano sources - originally drawn on by the Emperor Trajan - begin, after their
location had been lost for many centuries:
Caduti per Roma
Monument to those who fought and died during the wars for Italy's independence - 1848/1870
For those who fell in the fight for Independence
With the General turning away, unable to look at the city
... and correct!
Up on Rome's Janiculum hill, at noon each day, a single ceremonial
gunshot is fired - a practice that dates back to around 1847, when
the bang would synchronise the city's church clocks - and bells!
... and correct.
Firing the midday gun
Definitely noon, even though my camera was evidently still set to "Winter" time!
Years earlier - and rather too close!