If, per chance, you should one day be enjoying the splendid panorama from the Gianicolo’s belvedere and suddenly hear a loud canon shot, do not be alarmed … just check your watches because it will be midday!

 

Since 1847, on the order’s of Pius IX, a special canon fires blanks at noon on the hour. The pope wanted to set a standard time for all the bells of the Church of Rome so that they would chime at the same time.

 

Since 24th January 1904, the canon has been firing at the top of the Gianicolo from under the statue of Italian Patriot and Hero of Two Worlds Giuseppe Garibaldi and its shot, when the city is little less noisy, may even be heard as far as the Esquilino.

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