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Monte Mario

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Mario Mountain
Highest point
Elevation139 m (456 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates41°55′27.41″N 12°27′07.38″E / 41.9242806°N 12.4520500°E / 41.9242806; 12.4520500
LocationItaly Rome, Italy

Mario Mountain (Italian: Monte Mario) is a hill in the northwest part of Rome, on the right side of the Tiber River. It is 139 metres tall, one of the tallest hill in town. Rome and Vatican City are visible from the hill.

Excavations near Monte Mario have found a flint tool and animal teeth. The remains date back to about 65,000 years ago.

The hill was known as Mons Vaticanus or Clivus Cinnae (from the name of the Roman Consul Lucius Cornelius Cinna) during Ancient Rome.

In the Middle Ages, Monte Mario was located on the Via Francigena, a pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome. Pilgrims called it Mons Gaudii (Latin for Mount of the Joy).[1]


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Mario Mountain is a nature reserve and it is home to an observatory.


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  1. According to Ferdinand Gregorovius, Geschichte der Stadt Rom im Mittelalter, vol. IV, Munich, C. H. Beck, 1988, p. 660.