The Gianicolo hill is technically outside the city limits above the Trastevere neighborhood, which is perhaps why it offers the irrefutably best view of the City of the Seven Hills. Gianicolo is a well-kept secret amongst the Roman madri who stroll around here with their bambini, but every now and then an American finds out about it and spreads the word about the nearly implausible view. From a certain point on this otherwise unremarkable hill, you feel like you can see every square inch of Rome, heck, even Italy—every chiesa, every gelateria, every appartamento—the Pantheon and the Vittorio Emanuele II monument amongst the easiest things to spot. Atop this unofficial eighth hill of Rome, you are truly on top of the ancient and modern world.

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