Walk Through The Aventine

Experience Description

An Exclusive Tour of Rome’s Serene Hill

Join us for an enchanting walk through one of Rome’s most picturesque and historically rich hills, the Aventine. Nestled at the southern end of the city center, the Aventine Hill offers breathtaking views, serene gardens, and a wealth of historical and architectural marvels. This tour promises not only to immerse you in the beauty of Rome’s landscape but also to provide an intimate look at its rich cultural and historical tapestry.

Highlights of the Aventine Hill:

Il Roseto (The Rose Garden): Begin your journey with a visit to the Rose Garden, a lush haven filled with a variety of blooming roses. Established in 1931, the garden is home to over 1,100 varieties of roses from all over the world. This garden is a visual feast and a delight for the senses, offering a picturesque setting for a leisurely walk. The best time to visit is during the spring and early summer when the roses are in full bloom, creating a vibrant and fragrant display. The garden’s layout, with its winding paths and carefully curated rose beds, provides a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Chiesa di Santa Sabina (Church of Santa Sabina): Step into the past as you visit the Church of Santa Sabina, built in the 420s AD on the site of an ancient temple dedicated to the Roman goddess Juno. This basilica is one of the best-preserved examples of early Christian architecture in Rome. Its unadorned, yet elegant, interior is a stark contrast to the more opulently decorated churches found throughout the city. The church’s original wooden door, dating back to the 5th century, features one of the earliest known depictions of the crucifixion. Within the church, you can see one of the original columns from the house of the Roman lady Sabina, providing a tangible link to the site’s ancient past. The peaceful atmosphere of Santa Sabina makes it a unique spiritual and historical experience.

Chiesa di Sant’Alessio: Discover the fascinating history of Saint Alessio at the Church of Sant’Alessio. According to legend, Alessio (or Alexius) was a nobleman who renounced his wealth to live a life of piety and humility. The church, built in the 3rd century and later rebuilt in the 12th century, houses a crypt where the saint supposedly lived in anonymity for years. The church’s bell tower and Romanesque architecture are noteworthy, and its tranquil courtyard offers a quiet place for reflection. The story of Saint Alessio, combined with the church’s historical significance, makes this a compelling stop on our tour.

The Keyhole: Experience one of Rome’s best-kept secrets: the famous Keyhole of the Knights of Malta. Located at the entrance gate of the Priory of the Knights of Malta, the keyhole offers a perfectly framed view of St. Peter’s Basilica. This surprising and delightful view is best left unspoiled until you see it for yourself. The alignment of the keyhole with the dome of St. Peter’s is an intentional design, adding an element of mystery and charm to your visit. This hidden gem is a highlight that adds a magical touch to your tour.

Il Giardino degli Aranci (The Orange Garden): You can’t miss a visit to one of Rome’s most beautiful and tranquil spots. The Orange Garden, officially known as Parco Savello, is perched high on the Aventine Hill, offering a panoramic view across the rooftops of Rome. This garden is a popular destination for both tourists and locals, providing a perfect place to relax and soak in the city’s grandeur. The garden is named for its fragrant orange trees, which add to its serene ambiance. From the terrace, you can enjoy stunning views of St. Peter’s Basilica and the sprawling cityscape, making it an ideal spot for photography and quiet contemplation.

Optional Visits: Depending on time and interest, you may also explore:

  • Chiesa di Santa Prisca: Another historical church on the Aventine, Santa Prisca stands on the site of ancient Roman ruins. The church is dedicated to Saint Prisca, a young martyr. It houses relics and offers insight into the early Christian history of Rome.
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin: Famous for the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth), this church offers a blend of history and legend. The ancient marble mask, believed to bite off the hands of liars, attracts visitors from around the world. Inside, the church features beautiful medieval mosaics and an ornate crypt, making it a captivating optional stop on your tour.

Possible Program of the Event

  • Introduction to the Aventine
  • Visit to the Rose Garden
  • Tour of the Church of Santa Sabina
  • Exploration of the Church of Sant’Alessio
  • Viewing through The Keyhole
  • Walk through The Orange Garden
  • Optional:
    • Visit to the Church of Santa Prisca
    • Visit to the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin

Join us for a walk through the Aventine Hill, and discover why this serene hill continues to captivate locals and visitors alike with its beauty, history, and hidden treasures.


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