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Secret Keyhole in Aventino in Rome

Did you know that ancient Rome was built on seven hills? One of them has a secret to be discovered

Secret Keyhole in Aventino

This hill is known as Aventine Hill, and its secret is a keyhole revealing a beautiful view of Saint Peter's Basilica's Dome. The keyhole can be found in a door to the Priory of the Knights of Malta which is right beside the orange grove. Before the knights of Malta, it used to be the property of Rome's 10th-century ruler Alberico II, as well as a Benedictine monastery and Knights of Templar's home. If someone made it on purpose so that the dome can be seen through the keyhole it must have been basilica's constructors, though it is rather doubtful. No one knows for sure, but it most likely seems to be a miraculous coincidence. If you want to impress your fellow travelers with some knowledge of the city's hidden secrets, show them the spot. The best time to go is summer when the bougainvillea is in bloom.

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Where is the Aventine keyhole located?

The Priory of the Knights of Malta in Aventino on Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta has the Aventine keyhole. The green-colored door in front of the Priory leads to the keyhole from where one can see an exquisite view of St. Peter's Basilica. Multiple transport options, including taxis, buses, and metro, connect the region to other parts of Rome. Show more

What is the ideal time to visit the keyhole in Aventino?

June to September, and particularly July and August, is the best time to visit the Aventine keyhole as bougainvilleas are in their full bloom, and the adjacent orange garden becomes a charming spot to relax. Mornings or the late afternoon is the recommended time to visit to avoid the intense afternoon heat, making the experience more enjoyable. Show more

What else can I explore in Aventino besides the keyhole in the door?

Other Aventino attractions include Villa del Priorato di Malta, which boasts of a beautiful rose garden, stunning fountain, and flora such as orange trees. Additionally, Santa Sabina, one of Rome's oldest churches, is also nearby with its captivating wooden door and fascinating history. Giardino degli Aranci is also a great spot - an orange garden that offers breathtaking and panoramic views of Rome's ancient structures while attracting artists and writers. Show more

How can I reach Aventino from Vatican City?

Buses provide the easiest way to travel to Aventino from Vatican City with direct connectivity. Visitors can take a bus to the foot of the hill. Another option is to take the metro's Line B to the Circo Massimo stop and embark on an Aventine visit with a leisure stroll. Visitors can also opt for a taxi from Vatican City, taking less than 15 minutes for the journey. Show more

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