Il Pincio (Pincian Hill)
Rising high above the Piazza del Popolo, this hill is a favorite spot of the artists, lovers, locals and tourists alike.
It offers grand views of the old city center, and is close to the Spanish Steps and the Galleria Borghese. The best views are from the terrace at the edge of the vast park surrounding the Galleria Borghese which houses many works of art and fountains, and is a pleasant retreat during hot Roman summer days.
Sunset is an incredible experience here, as you watch the Eternal City become illuminated under the red skies.
Address: Via Gabriele d’Annunzio, Rome
Photo Credit: Tawheed Manzoor/Flickr/CC BY 2.0
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The Pincian Hill (Italian:Pincio pronounced [ˈpintʃo],Latin: Mons Pincius) is ahill in the northeast quadrant of the historical center of Rome. The hill lies to the north of theQuirinal, overlooking theCampus Martius. It was outside the original boundaries of the ancient city of Rome, and was not one of the Seven hills of Rome, but it lies within thewall built by Roman EmperorAurelian between 270 and 273
The Pincio as seen today was laid out in 1809-14 by Giuseppe Valadier; the French Academy at Rome had moved into the Villa Medici in 1802. The orchards of the Pincian were laid out with wide gravelled allées (viali) that are struck through dense boschi to unite some pre-existing features: one viale extends a garden axis of the Villa Medici to the obelisk (illustration, left) placed at the center of radiatingviali. The obelisk was erected in September 1822 to provide an eye-catcher in the vistas; it is a Roman obelisk, not an Egyptian one, erected under the Emperor Hadrian in the early 2nd century, as part of a memorial to his beloved Antinous outside the Porta Maggiore. ThePiazza Napoleone— in fact Napoleon’s grand urbanistic example was set from a distance, as he never visited Rome— is a grand open space that looks out over Piazza del Popolo, also laid out by Valadier, and provides views to the west, and of the skyline of Rome beyond. Valadier linked the two spaces with formal staircases broken by generous landings, (illustration) and a switchback carriageway.