Pincian Hill in the Villa Borghese

August 23, 2006 at 8:19 am 1 comment

Sorry for the belated post – I’ll use jet lag as an excuse for not telling you about the ascent of the Pincio, or the Pincian Hill as it was known in ancient Rome. Sunday morning (August 13th) began with the buffet breakfast at the hotel. I grabbed an extra raisin roll to use as a bun with the patties I had cooked back in Fossaccesia Marina (see previous Italian post).

The family got out the stroller, loaded up toys, and proceeded to the nearby Villa Borghese. The Villa Borghese is a large, over 200 acres, English-style garden in the Northern section of Rome. The Pincio lies on the southern side of the Villa Borghese.

The trek up the Pincio was solid Class I; a stroller can be reasonably navigated up the 1-2% slopes. From the summit we were rewarded with tremendous views of St. Peter’s and the entire Vatican (see photos below). In addition we could look across the Tiber River to see the Janiculum Hill on the other side, and reflect on yesterday’s ascent of its sharply angular profile. But the hard part was still to come. I pulled out the week-old cheeseburger patty, placed it on the raisin roll, and began the arduous task of eating the “gladiator” Cheeseburger. Caesar would have given the thumbs down to this Cheeseburger.

Now, people have asserted that the Roman Hills were not legitimate ascents of summits – after all, they’re just hills! Well, I’ll ask them to take a closer look at the rules; it’s all summits that are marked on maps that we’re after. I hope that this might inspire folks to go after other city summits, like Bunker Hill in Boston, Capitol Hill in Washington D.C, Mount Adams in Cincinnati, Mount Sutro in San Francisco, and so on.

– Paul

Approach to the Pincio PICT2346 PICT2345 PICT2344


Entry filed under: International Summits.

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  • 1. A Schmap Photo « Summit Cheeseburger  |  August 3, 2007 at 7:17 am

    […] maps with background reading, suggested tours, and photos from the traveling public (us!). Our foray into the vertigo-inducing hills of Rome provided this view of the Vatican from the Pincio. […]


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