Monte Mario In Rome: A Journey Between Nature And Culture
he Monte Mario stands on a hill north-west of Rome, on the right side of the Tiber River, and is cut by the Via Trionfale: with its 139 metres it towers imposingly over the capital. In fact, it is the highest of the so-called Farnesina Mountains, and is definitely one of the most fascinating places where one can seek peace from the urban chaos, and where one can enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the 'eternal city'.
The Nature Reserves surrounding the hill are of considerable attraction, with the highest biological diversity in all of Rome. There are typically Mediterranean plants - such as beech, cork, holm oak - together with a varied sub-Apennine vegetation (linden, maple). The fauna is also extensiveand it is not uncommon to encounter porcupines, moles, weasels or owls and barn owls in the area.
Those who are here, however, will certainly enjoy the beautiful natural milieu, taking a healthy hike along the Farnesina path or along the path leading to the Observatory: from here you can reach the 'Zodiac', where you can admire one of the most spectacular views in all of Rome
Monte Mario is home to ancient traces from the past: animal remains and tools used by man have been found here, which experts date back 70,000 years. In Roman times, the areas around Monte Mario were chosen as residential places for nobles, due to their location and particularly beautiful views.
Even in the Middle Ages, the area retained its strategic importance: an obligatory passageway for those who travelled along the Via Francigena. Even today, one can admire some noble villas and historically important structures built in the various eras, such as the Villa Madama from the 16th century.
Those arriving at the summit will find themselves in front of the striking church of S. Maria del Rosario, with its beautiful dome built in the 17th century. Also worth visiting are the forts (Monte Mario, Braschi, Trionfale and Bravetta) built to defend the city from outside attacks (19th).
In short, for those looking for something of original in Rome, there is nothing better than a hike in the areas surrounding the Mount: to enjoy some peace, away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.
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