JUBILEE CULTURAL ROUTES

Promenade of the Janiculum

You are along the route: SURPRISING NATURE. THE HISTORICAL GARDENS


Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, Salita di Sant’Onofrio
www.sovraintendenzaroma.it
Always open. Free entry.

Renamed Parco degli Eroi (Heroes’ Park) in 2011, the memorials to the soldiers who fought and died for the defence of the Roman Republic (1849) from the attack of the French troops in defence of the Pope, busts, commemorative steles, monuments to Giuseppe and to Anita Garibaldi, the Faro degli Italiani (Beacon of the Italians) and the wall with the full text of the Constitution of the Roman Republic can be found along the tree-lined avenues and amongst the flower beds on the sides of the great road. But the garden, with its famous and beautiful panoramic views of Rome, is not only a shrine to the Risorgimento; commemoration of two illustrious figures from Italian literary and spiritual history can also be found: the remains of the oak tree in whose shadow Torquato Tasso is said to have meditated, and the theatre where the Oritorian fathers organized sacred representations in memory of San Filippo Neri.

The walk is shaded by large trunk trees, such as holm oaks, field elms, sycamores, Judas trees, European nettle trees and cypresses, and also ornamental species, such as rosary trees, magnolias, yuccas and aloe, the latter in the square surrounding the monument to Garibaldi. There are other trees along the walk as well, such as Atlas cedars, crepe myrtles, horse-chestnuts, Japanese pagoda trees, redwoods, dwarf palms and Aleppo pines. The area is home to numerous animal species, including hedgehogs, greater red woodpecker, house sparrows and green whip shakes. Also, fireflies have just started to come back, which makes this walk even more romantic, and cicadas can be heard everywhere in the summer.

Picture by permission from Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
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Salita di Sant'Onofrio, 00165 Roma, Italia

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