Pincian Hill is at the top of the Spanish Steps, just past Villa dei Medici- and well worth the walk. Seeing the sculptures and incredible view was a complete accident for is. We’d just done the Spanish Steps and were walking to Villa Borghese for a play on the swings when we came across the lovely views over to St Peter’s and the Gianicolo Hill.
As we walked through, we found busts of many famous Italians, including Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Julius Caesar scattered, seemingly randomly, throughout the gardens.
There are some great expanses of grass that allow for a good run around if you’re travelling with kids.
If you want to have a good read about these busts, there’s an excellent article by Andrea Pollett that talk of the history of Pincian Hill, the gardens and the busts – an extremely well researched and excellent piece of writing.
If you’re in Rome and doing the Spanish Steps (as everyone does), then you would be nuts to not walk another 500m or so to look at these amazing views across Rome, as well as see the history in the statues dotted throughout.
While you’re there, take a walk over to Villa Borghese, which will be an upcoming article….