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“Keyhole view of Vatican - unique off the beaten path in Rome”
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Colle Aventino
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Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill...
Ranked #60 of 1,949 things to do in Rome
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

This is a very unique view. You go up the hill to a very old doorway into gardens. But no one actually goes thru the door. They (if anyone is there) are bending over looking thru the keyhole... when you do you see an amazing view thru the garden and see St.Peter perfectly alligned in the hole. Many folks try to take pictures.. but it is very hard since you have to focus on both the key hole - close and the far away view of St Peters. Sucessful shots are usually done with a tripod...

Date of experience: June 2011
27  Thank Richmond-VA-Barb
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Reviewed 20 June 2011

Make you way over to Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta and discover a surprise within the keyhole of this place. If walking take the metro line "B" to Circo Massimo and walk the rest or take a taxi. Upon arrivalto the piazza you will see a door with a keyhole, so you can peak through. You will discover a breathtaking view of Saint Peter's Basilica through a tunnel of plants. You can see this in the daylight, but the keyhole seems magical at night.

Date of experience: August 2010
5  Thank joelarias
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

Google Knights of Malta Keyhole to see what everyone is talking about!

This is the coolest thing to see - but make sure it is a clear nice day.

Very easy to get to. Just walk up the hill from circus maximus past the rose garden.

You won't spend a long time there and some private tour cars and shuttles will show up letting people off to look through the hole. So you can easily after go to the mouth of truth or even on to the baths of caracalla and appian way like we did. Bus is nearby.

It's something special which I gather more and more people are starting to learn about... but totally worth it! We went on a sunday and saw maybe a dozen other people there at most.

Date of experience: May 2011
8  Thank VTJedi
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

The Aventine Keyhole is another must do. It is quite a way but the view through the keyhole was completely worth it. The directions to get here aren’t very clear, and I think we found it more by luck than judgment. The address you need is the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta. When you get there you will see a long white wall with a green door, look through the keyhole in the green door and be amazed and what you can see through it. On the way back to town we walked through Aventine Park and there were some lovely views over the city.

Date of experience: May 2011
20  Thank Littlenel7
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Reviewed 29 December 2010

It is good idea to climb the Aventine hill in the evening when you are in Rome. One can admire the beautiful panorama of Rome just from the square next to the Sabina’s church. There is also a lovely orange garden where you can have a rest and smell the oraneges growing around on the trees. The terrace offers a lovely view especialy during the sunset. Many tourists see the sunset and go back but it is worthy to go further up until Malta's Square, where there is a little known secret to exploring Rome – a keyhole in the door of the monastery.
This place is rarely visited by the mass tourists. We could see mainly Romans showing the place their women, to impress them. It was like this: Ladies came to the door, looked through the hole, and said "WOW! Because if you look, your eye sees something amazing. If you want to know what it is, check it yourself.

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