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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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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Quite amazingly planned architecture

You peep through a tiny keyhole and what you get to see in the centre of it is a the Dome of the Vatican...It's worth seeing and as it's a little off the beaten path, you won't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Nuremberg, Germany

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

You peep through a tiny keyhole and what you get to see in the centre of it is a the Dome of the Vatican...It's worth seeing and as it's a little off the beaten path, you won't have to wait all too long to get a glimpse... Even a gem at night... If you've got enough time on your hands,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Worth the trip to look through the key hole. Would recommend walked the 150 metres down the road towards via del circo massino and spend 30 minutes relaxing in the parco savello. Same view as through the keyhole but a nice shaded park where you can enjoy the view with a cool drink or picnic.

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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Worth the trip to look through the key hole. Would recommend walked the 150 metres down the road towards via del circo massino and spend 30 minutes relaxing in the parco savello. Same view as through the keyhole but a nice shaded park where you can enjoy the view with a cool drink or picnic.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I am not sure whether i would recommend people to go out of their way to visit this place but it is actually a pleasant view through the key hole..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It's way over rated. At the end if the day it's a little hole. The view would be so much nicer if you weren't bending over closing one eye and having 12 people behind you huffing and puffing for their turn

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Baltimore, Maryland
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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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Southlake, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

What a surprise to peer through the key hole to see St. Peter's Basilica. The view/picture is incredible. You don't expect to see such a lovely view when you peer through the key hole. You see 3 countries when you look through it.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Atop the Aventine Hill is a small Piazza - the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta. In this Piazza is a tall wall with a green gate. In this gate is a keyhole. Through this keyhole you can see the dome of St. Peter's, framed by an archway of trimmed cypresses. The view is fantastic. But if you expect to walk... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

It is not much, it is just to look in a key hole. But it is really recommended. The view is amazing, and the thought of who owns the building and its status just makes it better.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

What a lovely surprise. No queues and a fantastic surprise. Easy to locate and next to a wonderful park with a great view.

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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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