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Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta

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Address: Piazza Cavalieri di Malta | Colle Aventino, 00153 Rome, Italy
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I don't want to spoil it for anyone. It's not what you expect. We did a Segway Tour (awesome by the way) that took us by here. Let's just say a true optical illusion. Definitely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Southampton, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I don't want to spoil it for anyone. It's not what you expect. We did a Segway Tour (awesome by the way) that took us by here. Let's just say a true optical illusion. Definitely go by.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, That being said there is the whimsical keyhole view through the garden portal out to St Peters available for viewing. We were fortunate to have a private appointment at the Priory, and were able to tour that magic garden and the Order of Malta's chapel, a lifetime memory.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's on the Aventine hill (one of the seven hills), near Tiber river, the minuscule piazza del Cavalleri di Malta, here you find a nice intriguing attraction; There is an imposing Door to the Priory of the Knights of Malta, every time, or most closed for visitors, but here is a well known keyhole on this door, and you can... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta is quite a way out of the centre but worth the walk. We visited the Orange Garden which has lovely views over Rome and then on to Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta which is about 5 minutes further up the hill. You look through the door and get a picturesque... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a hidden gem in Italy. Beautiful view of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. We were brought here by our Segway tour group and it was definitely worth it. You can not enter the building but there is a hole in the door to look through that is a direct shot to the Basilica. One of my favorite attractions... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a must for me to bring my friends to visit this spot. I cannot stop enjoying the expression of surprise on their faces, the moment they look through the hole. We walk up to the hill from the lungotevere ,we start visiting the Giardino degli Aranci with the unforgettable view , than the church of Santa Sabina with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was on the to do list from the beginning of our holiday, its a bit far off the center yet you can opt to see the pyramid, cemetry of the non catholics whilst in the area..if your planning to just go look into the keyhole i suggest to re think it...the sight is nice but not worth the 45min... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The location is a little out of the way and a visit was towards the bottom of my priorities for Rome. I went here on the last morning of my trip and wasn’t expecting anything great but the sight through the key hole and avenue of trees was a real surprise - a spectacular, magical, surreal illusion. I still think... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

It wasn't easy to find it, and it was really hot, but I wanted to go there. Long queue, many people were standing there, waiting to have a look in the keyhole. I couldn't take any picture with my DSLR, but with the mobile it's much easier, but to be honest, better to see with your own eyes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

If possible go at night. It's completely quiet and you have the place to yourself. The downside is of course that the cemetaries and monestaries are closed, but just for the view of the dome at night it's worth it!

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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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