|General Garibaldi, military leader of Italy's 19th-century unification battles.|
|Busts of notable Italians from all fields line paths in the park atop the Gianicolo.|
|St. Peter's and Vatican City, looking northwest from the Gianicolo.|
|Looking east from the Gianicolo. A line of trees and a curved building mark the River Tiber.|
|Every day at noon the army fires a cannon from the Gianicolo so that all the city |
church bells will be coordinated. The day I took this picture the church bells started early....
We have been having a good time exploring our immediate neighborhood—figuring out whether one of the 10 bar/caffès within five minutes-walk of our apartment is the best; making the acquaintance of food vendors in the daily open-air market in Piazza di San Cosimato; testing the products of various pasticcerie, biscotterie, and pastifici (pastry, cookie and fresh pasta shops); and discovering likely ristoranti and other types of shops. Though the tourist crowds are diminished at this time of year, by evening the narrow medieval streets are invitingly alight and people are out and on the lookout for just the right trattoria, gelateria or enoteca (wine bar).
|A few of the places for coffee within five minutes walk of our apartment.|
|Morning scene along the west side of Piazza di San Cosimato|
|Piazza di S. Cosimato. The big sycamore tree shades a well-used playground.|
The daily fruit, veg, meat, cheese and fish market is to the right.
|One of six or eight produce vendors in P'za di S. Cosimato.|
|This old-style pasticceria also makes hand-dipped chocolates|
and Sicilian sweets (below) as well as giant chocolate Easter eggs.
|Innocenti Biscottificio makes dozens of varieties of delicious cookies.|
|This mouthwatering pile of whipped cream-filled profiteroles bound by thick, rich chocolate,|
came from Trastevere Pasticceria di Fabrizio Mattei, six minutes away from us. I timed it.
|Street vendors along Viale di Trastevere.|
|Setting up for pranzo.|
|Night scene in Trastevere.|
|The present church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, with 12th-century mosaics on the front,|
replaces one built in the 4th century AD.
|A Roman aqueduct, restored in 1612 and still in use,|
runs over the top of the Gianicolo from the west.
|Villa Doria Pamphili is also on the Gianicolo. The grounds make up Rome's largest public park.|
The perimeter is about 19 km.
|The frequent trams of line #8 run up the center of Viale di Trastevere |
and take us over the river to the centro storico.
|Lots of public transit routes but not always enough frequency|
can make for crowded trips.
|The catalog for the film festival and our tickets.|
|Mounted police ride up Via Goffredo Mameli outside our apartment.|
Mameli wrote the words to the Italian national anthem and died after one of
the battles on the Gianicolo in 1849 at age 21.