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Aventine Hill

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Address: Via di Santa Sabina, Rome, Italy
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Spectacular views. Keyhole was an actual keyhole!

Ahhhh, so THAT'S why they call it the keyhole. It's an actual keyhole-sized hole you look through, on a locked door, on the street, to see St Peter's through a row of hedges off... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Ahhhh, so THAT'S why they call it the keyhole. It's an actual keyhole-sized hole you look through, on a locked door, on the street, to see St Peter's through a row of hedges off in the distance. Line of about 25 people to have a look and very hard in the light we were there to get any sort of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Just up on the other side of Circus Maximus is Aventine Hill, home to some of the elite homes and embassies (the US one is there, heavily guarded), and a few sites worth visiting. The church of Santa Prisca (Priscilla and Aquila, though some archaeologists aren't sure their house was actually on that site, but regardless), Santa Sabine Orange Grove... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We walked here from the colosseum and it was so worth it! The peephole you look into is such a nice surprise. Nothing you would expect to see! Just a bit further down is parco savello. You can see beautiful views here as well

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Bit of a trudge up yet another hill,but some good views from the parks,and a spring to fill your water bottle up with. Avoid the keyhole view,its not that great...it really is not.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Walk up the Aventine Hill if possible - the wealthy neighborhood you will pass through is full of gorgeous old villas and huge umbrella pine trees. At the top you will have one of the breathtaking views of most of Rome. Be sure to go into the 5th century basilica of Santa Sabina. The Aventine Hill is not the hidden... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Our car driver that picked us up at night from Fiumicino airport went out of his way to show us this. We did not know about this attraction. We mentioned one of the things we heard was beautiful was seeing the Vatican at night. Lo and behold, we stop by this church or building and asks us to look into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The Aventine hill is the southernmost of Rome's seven hills. It comprises two distinct heights, one greater to the northwest and one lesser to the southeast, divided by a steep cleft that provides the base for an ancient roadway between the heights. There is a Temple Aventine Triad of Ceres, Liber and Libera, patron deities of the Roman commoners or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Our tour guide made a quick stop here to allow us to look through the peep hole! Certainly worth a stop! Fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Worth the effort to get there, you will have some of Rome's best views and panoramas from this vantage point. Be sure to take time to look through the "key", though you may have to stand in line (worth it!). All at no cost!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Well worth a visit.... This really does have a wow factor and is walkable from the Colosseum so not too far off the beaten track.

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Aventine
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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