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Looking into a keyhole and watch Saint Peter’s dome: piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta

This place is just amazing, and never stop to astound. This is Rome: hidden places and lovely corners.

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  • Where: piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, on the top of Aventino hill
  • When: as is usual for the viewpoints, the sunset is the most striking time. But, in my opinion, taking few hours during the day to explore this area is a great idea: that way you can slow down  from the city frenzy
  • Why: to get excited watching the city from a unusual perspective
Piranesi's decoration piece
Piranesi’s decoration piece of the square Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta

This is one of that places that you can appreciate only when stop to run all around and take your time. Your diligence and determination are required. Your diligence and determination will be refund with a special present from the city.

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Most of you have probabily seen a picture like this as a postal card or in a travel guide, and it could have seem a fake, but it’s not so. You only have to climb one of the famous seven hills to discover that wonderful places are just few steps away from the most busy and tourist ones.

Look into the keyhole and... surprise!
View from the keyhole

Climbing on the top of Aventino hill should be a real “experience“: after leaving the busy roads, one jumps into a peaceful oasis, where the quiet is only breaken by a lonely cat. On the top of the hill, a quiet square welcome the visitor; it usually is almost empty. One exception: the line at the main gate on a side of the square. People go there, wait for their round to watch at the keyhole, take a picture and go on.

People waiting their turn
People waiting their turn

SURPRISE! It’s a sight, the most exciting ever.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and italian neoclassic architect, conceived a spectacular perspective that, through the inapprochable garden of the Embassy of the Order of the Knights of Malta, reach the best known dome: Saint Peter’s.

View of the square. The architect is Piranesi
View of the square. The architect is Piranesi

Today this view still amazes us, but imagine the astonishment of people when, in the past the nearby public garden were inaccessible and keyhole was only place offering this sight!

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Giardino degli Aranci (Parco Savello)
Giardino degli Aranci (Parco Savello)

 

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