Welcome back! The second part of our unusual stroll around Rome takes us to one of the famous 7 hills of the city. A place of peace and tranquility as well as rich of hidden treasures. Let’s follow Valentina in her scavengers’ hunt between Roman remains, Christian Basilicas and exceptional scenic views over the eternal city.
Is there a better place to take your loved one than Roseto Comunale? This old Rose garden is very close to the Circo Massimo, in the center of Rome, listed among the must see attractions of the city, home of the chariot races during the roman times and nowadays exceptionally used for massive concerts. The Rose garden features a collection of ancient, botanical and modern roses. It’s definitely a very romantic place to enjoy a great panorama especially in October and November and from April to June (the garden is open to the public only in the blooming season, but it is always worth a peep look, even just through its gate).
And, then, almost out of magic, there you are: out of the hustle of bustle of the city, stands the Aventino, one of the 7 hills of Rome, enriched by some hidden gems to be discovered. Just follow the small streets mildly going up to the top and discover more secret places, churches such asSt. Alessio church with its historic garden, or the mighty Basilica of Santa Sabina all’Aventino, built in the very early ages of Christianity, in the 5th century after Christ right above the tomb of this early Saint, just to mention some of them.
Then, cloisters, monasteries and a very famous property of the Knights of Malta (the Gran Priorato di Roma dell’Ordine di Malta), formerly known as the Knights Hospitaller of Saint John from Jerusalem. Once you reach the gate of Villa Malta press your nose against the keyhole and another secret will be unveiled to you: the magnificent dome of St. Peter’s Basilica will be visible in a distance framed by the keyhole itself.
While wandering on the Aventino, don’t miss my favorite place in Rome, just a few steps further: the Orange Garden. A small public garden, overlooking the city. A quiet spot to relax, breath deeply, reconnect with your good self and catch one of the best views of the city skyline. It’s the perfect place to steal a kiss… if Rome won’t play the fool…. and it won’t: I promise your trip to Rome will be unforgettable and much more.