Monteverde/Gianicolo Area

View from the Gianicolo
View from the Gianicolo

Just above Trastevere is the quiet residential Monteverde/Gianicolense neighbourhood. Seemingly close to the city center, the lack of transit makes this residential area a literal hike though the grounds of the expansive Villa Pamphilj make up for it.

The main attraction is Villa Doria Pamphilj, which used to be private property of the Pamphili family, but is now a public park, the largest in Rome.

Monteverde is usually divided in two parts, Monteverde Vecchio, a mostly 19th century neighbourhood of stately villas, and Monteverde Nuovo, most of which consists of semi-highrises, which were built in the 20th century.

 

Monteverde is one of the greenest districts of Rome and is only 20 minutes driving from Fiumicino Airport, 30 minutes from Ciampino Airport and only 9 minutes from St Peter's Church. Two steps away from Trastevere (the historical ‘heart’ of the Eternal City) you will benefit from excellent transport facilities to the city centre. The tram number 8  takes you straight to Rome historical centre within a few minutes. Local amenities are available within a walking distance, i.e. parks (like the wellknown and very wide Villa Pamphilj), restaurants, pizza places and the famous Porta Portese flee market (opened every Sunday).

 

 

The Gianicolo does not count as one of the official seven hills of Rome, but many Romans would argue it is the prettiest, overlooking the city from the west, dotted with vast parks and beautiful villas. It is accessible by foot from Trastevere, and is worth the climb on a beautiful day. Start up winding V. Garibaldi, past the convent and Church of S. Maria Sette Dolori, watching for a path opening on the right that leads to a set of stairs that bring you to the Piazza and Church of S. Pietro in Montorio, rebuilt with the assistance of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, on what was long believed to be the site of St. Peter's crucifixion.
At the end of V. Masina, follow passeggiata del Gianicolo to Piazzale Garibaldi to enjoy Its thrilling prospect over Rome.

The Janiculum is one of the best locations in Rome for a breathtaking view of the innumerable domes and bell towers that pierce the skyline of the multi-hued architectural museum. Other sights on the Janiculum include the church of San Pietro in Montorio, built upon the site formerly thought to be where St. Peter was crucified; here, the Tempietto, a small shrine built by Donato Bramante marks the supposed site of Peter's death. The Janiculum also houses a baroque fountain built by Pope Paul V in the late-seventeenth century, the Acqua Paola, and several foreign research institutions, including the American Academy in Rome and the Academia de Espana. The Hill is also the location of the Pontifical Urban University and Pontificial North American College, as well as the Orto Botanico dell'Università di Roma "La Sapienza" (a botanical garden).

 

Choose your apartment in the Monteverde/Gianicolo area from the list on the right!