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War Memorial on the Gianicolo

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 | 7 comments

This is a detail of a memorial to the patriots who died during the Italian Unification process in the 19th century. It’s located on the Janiculum Hill (called the Gianicolo in Italian), which overlooks Trastevere. I don’t get over here much, but it’s an amazing place from which to view the entire city. I’ve always liked this particular monument, which actually reads “Rome or Die” (Roma o Morte!) on the front. The hill is dotted with all sorts of homages to the Unification process because an important battle between French and Italian troops took place here in 1849 when the Italian side was struggling to bring Papal ruled Rome into the fold. From the architecture you can tell immediately that it was built during the Fascist regime, that Mussolini…always trying to recall the past! Really though, it’s worth a trip up there. In fact, I might be going back this weekend to visit the outdoor bar that set up nearby this very monument.


  1. Stunning shot of something so poignant.

  2. Hi Jessica,
    Great picture. Though I have wandered on that hill, I don't believe I have ever seen this monument or I have managed not to remember it. I have read about in a couple of books lately so it will be on my list for 2010 when I get to Rome again.

  3. Fascist architecture…honestly, it's not my favorite.

  4. I feel like I am still standing inside..thank you!

  5. I was just there this morning working out. I love that area. The views are fantastic and there are some impressive statues and monuments.

  6. Your blog is such an inspiration! I just started following it. I really think you'll love mine, so come and check it out…. I hope for it to be just as inspirational!…..

  7. Babooska – Thanks very much!

    Joan – It's just a few steps away from the Fontanone. So if you are directly facing the Fontanone and the Spanish ambassador's house is to your back, follow the street down to the left and you'll find it there.

    Saretta – I agree, but there is something intriguing I've come to enjoy about it.

    Simone – My pleasure!

    NYC – Yeah I don't make it up there enough, I really need to do another proper giro and get more pics.

    NIKK – Thank you very much, hope you continue to enjoy it!

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