Monteverde Vecchio, perched atop Rome’s Gianicolo Hill, regally surveys the world over which it presides.
In the city of Seven Hills, Gianicolo (the English spelling is Janiculum) lays claim to No. 8. (Although it’s Rome’s second-tallest hill, it fell outside the boundaries of the ancient city when the seven were named.)
Enclosed by an ancient stone wall, the hill in general—and Monteverde Vecchio in particular—offers “the best views of Rome,” says Barbara Alessio, senior sales manager for Italy Sotheby’s International Realty. There’s much to see and do in the area, which, in a quaint tradition dating to the 19th century, salutes the arrival of noon each day with the firing of a cannon.
Villas With Views
Monteverde Vecchio, which Alessio says is “one of the most elegant residential areas of Rome,” is bordered on the north by the ancient Aurelian Way, on the west by Via Portuense, on the east by the ancient Gianicolensi walls, and on the south by Viale Trastere.
Its large, luxurious villas, built in the 1910s through the 1930s, are set among manicured gardens and are reached by sloping, winding roads shaded by trees.
There is a wide price range, Alessio says, with villas commanding about €7,000 per square meter. One of her current listings, a 1930s traditional-style villa that’s 865 square meters (9,310 square feet), is on the market for €5.9 million.
There are also some apartment buildings from the same period. A medium-size apartment in good condition in a nice building on a desirable street can bring €5,000 per square meter, Alessio says, adding that a penthouse would be in the same price range as a villa. “If it has a spectacular view, the price can go up 30% beyond that,” she says.
She adds that “there are lots of old-money and old-name families, and many of them have owned their villas for a hundred years.”