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  • The Roman horizon is made of cupolas.
    The Roman horizon is made of cupolas.
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  • No skyscrapers at the horizon.
    No skyscrapers at the horizon.
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    Pincio

    by GentleSpirit Written Feb 23, 2013

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    Behind the statues in the photo, if you go up the stairs, it will lead you to the Pincio (the Pincian Hill). It was outside the ancient boundaries of Rome and was not considered one of the Seven Hills.

    There were a lot of villas and gardens here. Valladier, the architect who laid out Piazza del Popolo as we see it today, redesigned the Pincian Hill to be more unified, instead of just being a bunch of mansions and gardens.

    From here you will have lovely views of Piazza del Popolo and of the Roman skyline.
    If you are near Piazza del Popolo make sure to go up here, it will take a few minutes but its well worth it.

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    The horizon is made of cupolas.

    by breughel Written Feb 3, 2012

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    The Roman horizon is made of cupolas.
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    The first time I climbed to the Pincio terrace I found it wonderful that there was not a single skyscraper, not a single tower, not a single high building at the horizon.
    No architectural injury was made to this city.
    In Rome the horizon is made of cupolas, or palaces of the baroque period of architecture.
    Look here at some photos made from the Vittoriano or the Castel Sant' Angelo. Isn't that sublime?

    Now this horizon virgin of high buildings is not limited to the historical centre of Rome, outside the Mura Aureliane apartment buildings were also kept low as I could observe on my stays at the Monte Mario area.

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    Pincio Hill

    by ruki Written Sep 21, 2007

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    The view of St Peter's from the Pincio just has to be seen to be believed. This elegant park with its avenues of shady trees gets its name from the Pinci famaily, who owned it in the 4th century. It's a popular place for a weekend passagiata

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    Pincio Gardens- obelisk

    by Rhondaj Written Sep 4, 2006

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    obelisk in garden

    Not as grand as the obelisk down in Popolo Piazza, but at least not covered for restoration! In 1822 Pius VII moved this obelisk of Antinous from Piazza Barberini into the Pincio gardens. (Can you imagine, "No, I liked it better over there, can you move it back?")

    I think there is a story of one of the movers getting his hand smashed and dehandulated (I made that word up) under here while they were setting it up. And the story goes...it's still there...

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    Giardino del Pincio

    by Rhondaj Written Sep 4, 2006

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    lost his head

    The paths in the gardens are lined with busts of Italian patriots. Many of which are headless. It seems that in the early 1980s, a vandal struck and decapitated hundreds of these busts. I guess if you wanted to, you could set your head upon the neck and take a photo...
    (I wasn't tall enough....)

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    Pincio Gardens - Water Clock

    by Rhondaj Written Sep 4, 2006

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    Time is irrelavant anyway...

    This water clock was written up in one of my guide books. The made in 1867 clock is supposed to be powered by running water. But what a disappointment. There weren't even any hands to it! Maybe vandals struck it.

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    The Pincio

    by tini58de Updated Aug 18, 2006

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    View from the Pincio

    The Pincio is another wonderful public park designed by Valadier between 1809 and 1814. It is situated on the hill bearing the same name. Two winding roads lead from the Piazza del Popolo to the park. In the northeast it is adjacent to the park of the Villa Borghese and to the southeast there are the private gardens of the Villa Medici. From the Pincio you have a most fantastic view on the Piazza del Popolo, which we thoroughly enjoyed!

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    PINCIO

    by ruki Written Aug 16, 2005

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    This public gardens stretch out on the slope beyond the exedra to the right of the Piazza del Popolo. It is a typically Italian type of the garden architecture. Lot of greens surrounding the water and the stones. It’s lovely.

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    Pincio Gardens

    by Julius_Caesar Written May 7, 2005

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    The Pincio Gardens are a popular place where you can take a stroll. In ancient Roman times there were magnificent gardens, but the present ones were designed in the early 19th century by Giuseppe Valadier. The panorama is particularly beautiful at sunset (check out my sunset pictures), the traditional time for tourists to take a stroll in the gardens.

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    Pincio Park

    by kakou226 Written Jun 5, 2004
    View from Pincio Park

    Pincio Park is a great place to hang out and relax. There is a great view overlooking the city, flower gardens, fountains, statues, and locals. You can relax and take in the atmosphere and enjoy the scenery.

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    Pincio

    by Polly74 Written May 20, 2004

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    Small lake at Pincio

    Don't miss the magnificent view of St Peter from these gardens created by Giuseppe Valadier at beginning '800, not far from Villa Borghese.
    You can have a nice walk in the shadow or just rest in the grass.
    During summer time, on week-end, you will find a lot of families and joung people playing in the grass or doing pic-nic there.

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    Pincio Gardens-Bike Rental

    by Rhondaj Written Sep 4, 2006

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    In the garden, there is a bike rental place. Since this area is so large, renting one would be nice. We did not do this though, so I cannot tell you the cost of it. Isn't the building fabulous?!

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  • The sunset from the Pincio...

    by lainew Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The sunset from the Pincio Gardens. Get there late afternoon, sit on the terrace and gaze over the city till the sun goes down.

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