Best Reason They Call It Telegraph Hill - 2013
Monument to Guglielmo Marconi
The man who revolutionized communication never knew an iPhone and never saw the Internet. The inventor of wireless now has a quiet corner of Telegraph Hill (named for semaphore as in flag-waving, not wireless), with tidy landscaping and an Art Deco-era monument all to himself. The modest stone bench by artist Attilio Piccirilli may seem inadequate, especially considering the other edifices around town built in honor of men and women. Yet, keeping in mind that there would be no Sutro Tower if not for Marconi is more than enough gravitas as you Instagram a shot of this quiet, stately corner overlooking the bay.