THE AVENTINO HILL
The Aventine Hill is the southernmost of Rome’s seven hills with a quiet and elegant residential area at its core. The Aventine Hill had always been compared to a ship, and since the time of the Knights Templers, it was said to be ready to raise anchor, catch the tide of the river Tiber, and set sail for the Holy Land.
Thanks to its relaxing beauty, it is one of the most popular areas for walks to discover unusual and fascinating corners: from the famous “keyhole” of the gate of the Priory of the Knights of Malta, from which you can see the dome of Saint Peter, to its churches Santa Sabina, Santi Bonifacio e Alessio, Santa Prisca, Sant’Anselmo and Santa Maria del Priorato. Here there are two of the most romantic places in the capital: Savello Park, known as Giardino degli Aranci, the Orange Garden, an enchanting rectangular garden from which you can admire a wonderful view of Rome, and the Roseto Comunale, the Comunal Rose Garden, a show of scents and colors of about 1,200 species of roses from around the world.
A short walk away, continuing towards the Tiber, near the Circus Maximus, do not miss a visit to the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, a rare example of medieval architecture in Rome, whose porch houses the famous Mouth of Truth the ancient mask entered the collective world imagination with the film Roman Holidays (Audrey Hepburn e Gregory Peck).
within walking distance