On top of Montecucco Hill, in the westernmost outskirts in Rome, there is Torre Righetta, a.k.a. the ruins where Pier Paolo Pasolini shot the movie “uccellacci ed uccellini”.
This is one of my favourite places to go for a walk and forget about the chaos of the town! Unlike the parks downtown, this hill is very wild: it is populated with several kinds of animals, from goats to horses, and the landscape is pretty rough and the grass isn’t mowed.
Its best feature is -without a doubt- the breath-taking view from the top of the hill. It encompasses Ponte Galeria to the Ostiense neighbourhood, and it is characterized by skyscrapers, factories, and small suburban houses, as well as Roman landmarks such as the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul, the Basilica of San Giovanni and the gas holder.
From Montecucco hill you can also see the most chaotic roads in Rome, among which the G.R.A. (ring) itself, but all you can hear from up there is the wind caressing the wild grass.