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Colle Aventino

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Address: Via di Santa Sabina, Rome, Italy
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Beautiful view

On the hill there are several interesting old churches and two parks. It located a little away from downtown, but getting there is easy with the tour bus.

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On the hill there are several interesting old churches and two parks. It located a little away from downtown, but getting there is easy with the tour bus.

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A peaceful stroll past parkland, churches and dusty institutions with extensive views over the city, drinking water fountains along the way and an eclectic series of attractions, some big, some small en route. Be sure to take in the Giardino degli Aranci, Fontana del Mascherone and the Basilica di Santa Sabina all Aventino each with their individual delights. At the... More 

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Melbourne Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely walk to the keyhole and just such a quirky thing that’s need every now and again on a trip. Park nearby is well worth a visit too.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta is a set of doors/gates that leads to a garden but you have no idea what is behind the doors until you peek through the keyhole. Viola! you see a direct view of St Peters. It is magical!

Thank EMcCdn
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Nice views from Rome, nice place to take selfies. Good weather and not many people so great. Historically interesting

Thank Joan C
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Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Great place to take a walk, see the views of the city and get away from the crowds. We are here for Christmas and this has always been one of my favorite walks. The orange groves, stopping into the Dominican church and gardens, and looking through the keyhole at the knights of Malta. All of it free and if you... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

When in Rome, you must. This is talked about a lot, but you have to go there to have that look. Once up the hill, you will see a long queue and at the end a door, or The keyhole, yes this is looking through the keyhole, to view Saint Peters, you have to do it to say you have.... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

We stumbled onto this courtyard while looking for Circus Maximus (it was at the other end of the block) and ran into a couple looking for the Knights of Malta keyhole, and thought we would check it out too. Such an amazing view of the dome of St. Peter's through a private garden. This was not something on our list... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Colle Aventino/Aventine Hill is a lovely quiet spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy Rome. While a lot of people come here for that elusive perfect photo through the Aventine Keyhole, (have to come back, wasn’t happy with mine), there is so much more, up here on offer. The following are some of the things to... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Do not make a special trip, but atop Aventine Hill and a minutes walk from the garden of oranges, is a gate with a keyhole. You can't miss it for the queue! If you can spare 15 minutes to queue it's worth it as the view through the keyhole is so unique. It's a spectacular view of Saint Peters!

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Contrary to the chaos of the city, the Aventine is Rome’s oasis. A neighbourhood made up of a patchwork of ancient churches, hidden gardens, private homes and embassies, peace and quiet is top priority and the vibe definitely friends and family. Take a walk around the Aventine and you’ll find a treasure hunt of surprises like the clever little keyhole at the Knights of Malta entrance (the only place you’ll find a line) along with Parco Savello (Giardino degli Aranci) next to the ancient Santa Sabina church. Keep your eyes on the 1960s architecture, several modern buildings are built atop Rome’s original 4th century BC wall.
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