Rising behind Trastevere, il Gianicolo (the Janiculum, in English) is not one of Rome‘s original seven hills and was never part of the ancient city.

Today it is a lovely area of leafy roads and spectacular views.

I was blessed to have found a place to live in the suburb of Monteverde Vecchio, on the Janiculum Hill.


Garibaldi‘s Brazilian-born wife, Anita, is commemorated on the Janiculum Hill with an equestrian monument by Mario Rutelli. It was completed in 1932.

According to my trusty Lonely Planet guide, the statue was presented to the city of Rome by the Brazilian government. 

It shows Anita mounted on a rearing horse, holding a baby in her left hand and brandishing a pistol in her right.