Il buco della serratura

I know that all tourists books about Rome are recommending this place. Still, due to the fact that it’s not that easy to find and the unusual view, it’s one of my favourite spots in Rome. A peek-a-boo view of St. Peter’s dome through the keyhole on the gate to the headquarters of the Knights of Malta (Cavalieri di Malta) on Rome’s Aventine Hill.
Peek through this keyhole and you will see a garden path that ends with bushes perfectly framing the dome of St. Peter’s in the distance. What you are peering though are the gardens of the Villa del Priorato di Malta, one of the Rome properties of the famous Knights of Malta.


You need to look for this building and its gate. Usually there is a long queue there, but sometimes no one, so really, remember this building, otherwise you are going to walk further 🙂 Atop the Aventine Hill at Piazza Cavalieri di Malta in Via di S. Sabina.


And here are my own very bad quality pictures I was able to capture with my iPhone 🙂 (with the great help of a random professional photographer tourist guy, thank you again!! :)) But give it a try, with proper equipment you can have your own photo.




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