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Aventine Hill

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Address: Via di Santa Sabina, Rome, Italy
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Peep through the keyhole

Pleasant walk through leafy affluent area to lovely views from the top of the hill. Don't miss the view of St Peters through the keyhole of the imposing gates of the Maltese... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Pleasant walk through leafy affluent area to lovely views from the top of the hill. Don't miss the view of St Peters through the keyhole of the imposing gates of the Maltese Order. You'll recognise this by the queue - worth the short wait. And lovely in the evening with St. Peter's all lit up.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Magnificent sights, peace, air smells like ground, sun and freedom. A wonderfull place to relax, to think and have a good time.

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Pelham, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We loved Aventine Hill! The views and sites are away from the crowds and provide a great break from the heat!

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The Aventine Hill is situated close to Circo Massimo. It is a great place for a walk and from there you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Rome. Do not miss peeking into the keyhole to see the St Peter's dome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

One of the most fascinating photographs that can be taken of St. Peter’s dome is from the keyhole in the gate of the Knights of Malta on the Aventine Hill. The keyhole lines up perfectly with the garden, centered on the dome of St. Peter’s in the distance. It is unknown whether this was a perfectly planned peep show or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is a beautiful, upscale area of Rome. We stayed at a hotel here and found it to be a quiet, safe location and a short walk to excellent restaurants and a quick metro or taxi ride to wherever we might want to go. There are three churches at the top of the hill -- Santa Sabina and San Alessio... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I read about Aventine Hill on a forum, trying to see the Knights of Malta Keyhole. Great sight! Wonderful view only about a 5 minute wait to see it. On the way to the sight there is a beautiful church which was having a small wedding, simply beautiful. At the top of the hill there is a park with great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Our cab driver out of the blue took a detour and told us to get out of the car and look through the peephole. What? We just got off a plane and were exhausted and didn't know what was going on. What a nice surprise and certainly woke us up. What a nice beginning to a fantastic and memorable trip!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Our Guide (Paolo at mybesttour.it ... check outt the reviews of his golf cart tours) got us there midmorning on a cool, damp, February day. We didn't know what to expect, and there was no one there. "Go look through the keyhole," Paolo said nonchalantly. And there it is... miles away, a perfectly framed view of St. Peter's and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

To look at the St Peters through the keyhole of the order of the Giovani de Malta was really amazing. Worth the trip. Not to far from the Circo Massimo either.

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Contrary to the chaos of the city, the Aventine is Rome’s oasis. A neighborhood 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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