Villa Maria is located quite near the Gianicolo Hill, renowned for its magnificent 360° view of the Eternal City.
As a starting itinerary, we suggest a walk of about 10 minutes to Piazza Garibaldi, along the Mura Gianicolensi (= Janiculum Walls) and the picturesque “Passeggiata del Gianicolo.” At your destination, you will be captivated by a variety of monuments, domes, baroque cupolas, red roofs, antique buildings. This area was transformed into a national park immediately after the “Declaration of Italian Unity” in remembrance of the Italian Risorgimento. The equestrian statues of Giuseppe and Anita Garibaldi were erected at the top of the hill. At noon, you will observe the famous cannon shot which, every day from 1847 onward, invites hundreds of Roman bells to peal.
Continuing on the “Passeggiata del Gianicolo”, you will arrive at the “Acqua Paola” Fountain, called “Fontanone” (Big Fountain) by every native Roman.
In the neighborhood of these monuments, you will find the Church “San Pietro in Montorio” as well as the small temple “Tempietto di San Pietro in Montorio”, an example of renaissance architecture. The basement of the temple is covered by a lead coated cupola.
Last but not least, your walk will bring you to the slope of the Gianicolo Hill to visit the “Orto Botanico” (Botanic Garden) of Rome. Here you will admire numerous different plants from everywhere in the world, growing on a surface of 12 hectares.
Through this excursion it is also possible to reach the “Basilica S. Maria in Trastevere” and to walk along the typical small alleys of “Trastevere”, one of the most visited tourist sites of Rome.