My plan was to take the stone path up the mountain (it's on Itinerary 9 in Rome the Second Time) and, once over the top, explore the nearby fringe of Balduina before heading north/northeast for a look at another near-in suburb, Trionfale.
|The Flaminio quartiere, seen from the bar/restaurant Lo Zodiaco on Monte Mario. The rounded buildings in the center are|
Parco della Musica. The large mountain at center-left is Monte Gennaro, "Rome's mountain."
All that worked. Wearing my altimeter watch, I measured Monte Mario at precisely 400 feet--to the bar/restaurant Lo Zodiaco on top, with great views of the city and surrounding mountain ranges. On the other side,
|Piazza Walter Rossi. The painting, by Spanish artist, Borondo, is on all four|
sides of this small building. The red increases until on the last side, it
obliterates the image.
I was in Piazza Walter Rossi. Once known as Piazza Igea, it was renamed in honor of Walter Rossi, killed on September 30, 1977 at age 20, on viale Medaglie d'Oro--I had been there less than an hour before--by a bullet in the back of the head.
The next day, September 30, the leafletting in which Rossi participated was organized, and the participants, including Rossi, were handing out their leaflets in viale delle Medaglie d'Oro. They were in Balduina, an area known as a stronghold of the MSI-DN [Movimento Sociale Italiano - Destra Nazionale], a militant right-wing group.
|Affixing a plaque commemorating Rossi. Date unknown.|
Despite the presence of about a dozen police, no charges were filed with respect to Rossi's death.
Besides the painting, there's a piece of sculpture in the small park that centers Piazza Rossi. It appears to feature Rossi, dead yet struggling for life, encased in cement. A plaque on the sculpture
|Sculpture in the piazza, dedicated to Walter Rossi|
A torn poster from the previous September features a photo of Rossi--and a call to his memory and ideals--and describes a 3-day program of anti-fascist events, including speakers on the history of the struggles of the 1970s.
I found nothing in the Piazza related to the death of Elena Pacinelli.
|Alemanno (left), Francesco Rossi (center)|
|Right-wing mayor, father of left-wing son, shaking hands|
Two years later, at the 2011 commemoration, members of Lotta Continua--Walter Rossi's organization, 34 years later--prevented Vice-Mayor Sveva Belviso (Alemanno's 2nd in command) from entering the piazza to present a wreath, arguing that her presence involved a "false pacification" and that she represented the "fascist" mayor.
|A demonstration on behalf of Rossi, the banner reflecting a case still open|