The Janiculum in Rome is the most famous panoramic terrace in town. In fact, from here you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Eternal City. It is not part of the Seven Hills, and it is known as the eighth hill.
Its name derives from the fact that it is believed once was the center of worship of the god Janus. It was the fourth king of Rome to occupy this hill first and add it to the city with a bridge over which it had to pass Via Aurelia, the famous route between Rome and Etruria.
Due to its location and shape, Janiculum became a sacred place with sacred groves and numerous temples connected with the cult: it was the perfect location to interpret the signs of the sky and to be close to gods. Stood here an oriental temple dedicated to Isis, some of whose remains are preserved in the museum of Palazzo Altemps. In the 17º century Pope Urban VIII decided the hill to be surrounded by walls, called Mura Gianicolensi.
Today Janiculum is famous for its panoramic view that spans the entire city: it is nice to walk down to the very lively area of Trastevere. Since the beginning of 1900, on top of the hill is a cannon that fires at 12.00 and in the less noisy days can be heard up from the Coliseum.
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