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.
The National Institute of Roman Studies was founded in 1925 for study into all aspects of Rome, its history, archaeology, art, literature and science. The institute also organises national and international conferences, study days, visits to monuments, art collections and excavations in Rome, around Italy and abroad. It’s located near the Priory of the Knights of Malta on the Aventino Hill.
Porta Portese is THE market of Rome. There are songs and poems dedicated to it, and there have been shot movies such as ‘Bicycle Thieves’ and ‘Sciuscià’. Born after the war as new home to the black market taking place at Campo de ‘Fiori, Porta Portese, now with more than a thousand traders, is the most popular “Sunday market” in Italy. You can find almost anything: furniture and objects of all times, flea market merchandise, but also lining, new and used clothes, vinyl and CDs, books and prints, historical newspapers, but also Rome soccer team t-shirts and underwear, pet food, watches and shoes, shells and jewelry, leather jackets and luggage, beads and toys. Just to mention some, as the list could be endless. In fact you can find practically everything excluding food.
within walking distance (10 minutes) starting from via Ippolito Nievo
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00153 Rome
Established in 1945 the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
The goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With 195 members – 194 countries and the European Union, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.
The FAO building, located at the beginning of Viale Aventino on the corner of Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, houses the headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
within walking distance (10 minutes)
The Circus Maximus, the largest building for the spectacle of antiquity and one of the largest of all time (600 m long by 140 m wide), is connected by legend to the origins of the city itself. The competitions that took place in the Circus were the most popular competitive activities of the Romans, along with gladiatorial games: the conductors of the quadrigues soon became idolized characters by the people of Rome.
The hill of Palatino was the most ancient settlement in Rome according both to the legend about Romulus and Remus and the archaeological remains, and it was inhabited since VIII century B.C.Since II century B.C. it becomes the residential area chosen by the aristocrats, and with the emperor Augusto it started the building of imperial palaces.
The Forum was the principal nucleus of all the most important activities in Rome, both civil and religious. All the principal historical characters of the ancient Rome, used to attend this place, and all the important decisions that permitted the development first of the roman republic and then of the empire, were taken right here.
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The imposing Baths of Caracalla are one of the largest and best preserved thermal baths of antiquity, built on the Small Aventine Hill by the Emperor Caracalla between 212 and 216 A.D. The perfect state of conservation makes the archaeological area a great experience to understand a piece of daily live in the ancient Rome. The surrounding area is ideal for lovers of outdoor sports, for a jog or a pleasant walk in the green avenue of the Baths of Caracalla. For those who wish to exchange a solemn oath of love, the delightful deconsecrated church of Santa Maria in Tempulo is the dream place where weddings with civil ceremony are celebrated.
More commonly known as Colosseum the Flavian Amphitheatre, symbol of the splendor of the roman empire, is the most famous monument in Rome and largest brick amphitheater in the world. Until the end of the ancient period, it was used to present spectacles of great popular appeal, such as animal hunts and gladiatorial games. Following the death of Nero (68 AD), between the end of 70 and 71 A.D. the construction of the Colosseum began under the emperor Titus Flavius Vespasian.
A residential and refined district, the Aventine extends over one of the ancient seven hills of Rome, linked to the legend of the foundation of the city.