Rome - Janiculum
The Janiculum (Gianicolo in Italian) is a hill in western Rome, Italy. Although the second-tallest hill (the tallest being Monte Mario) in the contemporary city of Rome, the Janiculum does not figure among the proverbial Seven Hills of Rome, being west of the Tiber and outside the boundaries of the ancient city.
The Janiculum is one of the best locations in Rome for a breathtaking view of the innumerable domes and bell towers that pierce the skyline of the multi-hued architectural museum. Other sights on the Janiculum include the church of San Pietro in Montorio, built upon the site formerly thought to be where St Peter was crucified; the small shrine known as the Tempietto, designed by Donato Bramante, marks the supposed site of Peter's death. The Janiculum also houses a Baroque fountain built by Pope Paul V in the late-17th century, the Acqua Paola, and several foreign research institutions, including the American Academy in Rome and the Spanish Academy in Rome. The Hill is also the location of the American University of Rome, Pontifical Urban University, and Pontifical North American College, as well as the Orto Botanico dell'Università di Roma "La Sapienza" and the Palazzo Montorio, residence of the Ambassadors of Spain.
The Aurelian Walls were carried up the hill to include the water mills used to grind grain towards providing bread flour for the city. The mill was, thus, it is presumed, built at the same time as or before the walls were built by the emperor Aurelian (reigned 270-275 AD). The mills were supplied from an aqueduct, where it plunged down a steep hill. Thus, the site resembles Barbegal, although excavations in the late 1990s suggest that they may have been undershot rather than overshot in design. The mills were in use in 537 AD when the Goths besieging the city cut off their water supply. However, they were subsequently restored and may have remained in operation until at least the time of Pope Gregory IV (827-44).
The Janiculum is the site of a battle in 1849 between the forces of Garibaldi, defending the revolutionary Roman Republic against French forces, who were fighting to restore the Temporal power of the Pope over Rome. Because of this battle, several monuments to Garibaldi and to the fallen in the wars of Italian independence are on the Janiculum, as well.
Daily at noon, a cannon fires once from the Janiculum in the direction of the Tiber to signal the exact time. This tradition goes back to December 1847, when the cannon of the Castel Sant'Angelo gave the sign to the surrounding belltowers to start ringing at midday. In 1904, the ritual was transferred to the Janiculum and continued until 1939. On 21 April 1959, popular appeal convinced the Commune of Rome to resume the tradition after a twenty-year interruption.
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timecapturer (31278) 2013-02-28 5:55
Oh how I would love to sit on this seat and admire this view. Your light management here is exemplary with just enough shade and shadow to make the fg elements discernible but to take nothing away from the beauty of the view. A glorious shot of a glorious City spellbinding under a blue Italian sky. Stunning!
Regards - Brian (Enjoy your day)
Sergiom (40169) 2013-02-28 6:04
J'aime le banc et l'arbre qui donne une belle atmosphère mais je trouve le sujet principal un petit peu loin dans ce ciel bleu.
Nicou (98775) 2013-02-28 8:40
quel bel ensemble sous l'arbre avec ce tronc le banc de pierre, le mur de pierre superbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (8073) 2013-02-28 11:27
This gives a brilliant sense of being inside the image. I can easily imagine being here, and taking a break from shooting to sit here and enjoy the wonderful view. In saying that though,big I was actually here I probably would be too excited to take a break from taking shots. Great play of light and dark here.
All the best
elenimavrandoni (5807) 2013-02-28 12:20
bella vista panoramica presa da un grande angolo.
Mi piace molto che ci sia l'ombra in primo piano e poi la magnifica vista si sviluppa tutta la strada fino a l'infinito orizzonte.
Il piccolo dettaglio della panca nonché il titolo è molto attraente e mostra una bella profondità.
Una bella foto il mio amico, una bella serata!!
carlo62 (13544) 2013-02-28 15:11
è un vero peccato lasciare libera quella panchina...
La bella composizione ci fa apprezzare la spledida vista sotto un bel cielo.
fabianoleite (9098) 2013-02-28 15:32
I really liked how you used that tree for a frame on the left, aided by the bench and grass. And I think the bakcground beacame the main theme, in a very interesting inversion. Well done, ocngratulations!
chrisvek (5675) 2013-02-28 15:46
Hello dear Romano
Wonderful image with splendid view.Very good depth and colors.Well done!
ALl the best
omid266 (581) 2013-02-28 20:06
Grazie / Dio sia con te !
jcpix (3796) 2013-03-01 19:15
What a fantastic view, wish I could be there on the bench myself to enjoy the setting! I love these kinds of images, it feels to draw the viewer into the scene by offering up a place to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Difficult lighting to manage here with the heavy shadows and bright light, but you've done well to keep details in tact and create a sense of atmosphere with the hint of light in the shade. Beautiful colors even in the winter time, the blue sky and green grass looks very inviting. Thanks for sharing this peaceful section of the city.
Have a great weekend.
SnapRJW (19188) 2013-03-01 21:58
Hello Romano - A peaceful looking location from which to sit and enjoy the bird's eye view of Rome. The scene is nicely framed by the wall and tree. Well managed and composed. Warm regards rosemary
mjw364 (4038) 2013-03-02 4:49
This is such an easy image to appreciate becasue it is so well composed with great foreground interest and a lovely panorama which gives depth. Nice contrast between areas of light and shade too. The seat is inviting you to sit down and take inthe view.
Hanssie (9937) 2013-03-03 1:20
Like a painting......
Fantastic photo with the peacful place in the foreground having a view on the city.
The composition with the tree is very, very nice done !
abmdsudi (27118) 2013-03-03 7:36
Lovely bold composition, from a well selected viewpoint using the bench abnd the lush tree as effective frame while subtlely depicting the focal of interest in the background Brilliant detail and colors, a stunning contrast to deep blue sky, Well done, TFS