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“A hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Villa Malta o delle Rose

Villa Malta o delle Rose
Piazza Cavalieri di Malta, 3, 00153 Rome, Italy (Ludovisi / Via Veneto)
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Ranked #165 of 1,444 things to do in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Tirana, Albania
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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

It is very difficult to find, not all locals know about it either, but it is worth the walk up the hill. We took it from piazza Albania, somewhere between the FAO building and the Pyramid. There is a narrow street on the left that brings you to the Garden of Oranges (Giardino degli Aranci), which offers beautiful views of the city. Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta is not far from it.

Visited April 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I was trying to find this place and show my friends, but obviously the address on Tripadvisor was completely wrong. The right address is along the Via S. Sabrina, cross the piazza and go on toward south, then please stop in front of Number 3 the huge green door, see through the small keyhole on the door and dont disturb the hosts inside. Two things you have to bring, your good mood and your patience. Maybe it is not the best view in Rome, but it is really worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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Albany, NY
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“A View to Remember”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

My son’s high school history professor [a Harvard graduate who had lived in Rome] recommended we visit this sight and look through the keyhole. It was hard to find; a bit far from the nearest metro stop, and we decided to use a taxi even though we’re fairly mobile. The door with the keyhole is on an exterior door of the Templar Knights property. When we arrived there was a long line of German high school kids who waited patiently to look through the door. We lined up too.

As we got close to the door, we heard sirens. A caravan of the carabinieri drove into the plaza, with two Maserati’s in the middle of the caravan. Out hopped two foreign heads of state. The carabinieri asked everyone in line to get out of the way. The two gentlemen took a look through the keyhole, smiled, got back in their Maserati’s, and left. The ‘ordinary people’ line resumed. If it’s good enough for several heads of state, it’s good enough for me!

We reached the front and looked through the keyhole. It was worth the visit! It’s a little difficult to take pictures of the image even with a DSLR; a tripod would have helped.
There’s also a nice park [with orange trees?] just down the street from the door with nice views of Rome. As mentioned earlier, it’s a little hard to find. We unfortunately let our taxi go, and we had a bit of a walk to get another taxi. So…have the taxi wait if you have another destination afterwards. We noticed a few others do that, but we weren’t as smart.

For anyone who's looked through the keyhole, I have a hunch it'll be a memory that will be remembered for a loooong time...

Visited March 2013
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Shawnee, Kansas
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“Take the Segway Tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

I've written a review on this fabulous little gem before, but after reading recent reviews on getting lost or trouble finding it, I have to say that we were on a Segway Tour, and our guide took us right there. We past those large tour busses parked way far away and zipped right up to the Keyhole!
No matter how you get there, it's worth the view!

Visited October 2012
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“Hard To Find But Worth It.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The keyhole view of St. Peter’s is worth the walk to see it. However, the map on Trip Advisor for this is not correct. It is actually located south of Circo Massimo. In the middle of Circo Massimo take the street Via S. Sabrina towards Piazza Cavalieri di Malta. Once there look for the large green door #3 and then look through the keyhole. In total, it is only about a 15 minute walk from the Colosseum. There is a courtyard next to the church that you can go to and see a nice open view of Rome since you are up on Aventine Hill. There is also an orange grove and rose garden in this area. Very nice area to walk to.

Visited February 2013
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