Walks around Aventine Hill (Aventino)

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Aventine Hill (Aventino) is one of the seven mythic Roman hills. Till the epoch of emperor Claudius the Aventine Hill was out of residential part of the city and was considered to be the better place for the cult and religion, so here the numerous sacred constructions were built. With the time the hill was populated by the merchants and people working for the down standing river port. Later the port was transferred in Fiumicino and the popular houses disappeared giving place to noble palaces and houses of great personalities (private "domus" of emperor Trajan).

Walks around Aventine Hill (Aventino)
When Christian religion became an official one in Rome the Aventine Hill was chosen again for the churches and meeting places of faithful. In the Middle Ages it was abandoned and occupied by monasteries. At present Aventino is a residential area with beautiful palaces, houses, little squares, gardens and streets, it is one of the most peaceful places in the center of Rome.

After the chaos, traffic and noise of centro Roma, head to Aventine Hill for a wonderful break. Getting there is a little bit of a challenge (an uphill walk) but once you’re there, you’ll be glad you came. It’s quiet, peaceful, pleasantly calm, and gives you great views of the city.

To discover the Roman views from the Aventine hill, you can start from piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, that owes its present look to the hand of G B Piranesi (1765). Walk along an ancient Roman street lined with the original houses, virtually unknown to most tourists, to the Circus Maximus where most of the Christians were martyred. The Aventine Hill, with its beautiful secluded gardens, churches, and breathtaking views, ending at the Mouth of Truth.

The hole in the door at number 3 (the famous “keyhole”) frames, at the end of a tree-lined avenue, the well-known view of the dome of St Peter’s.
View of the Aventine hill from (modern) Ponte Palatino
View of the Aventine hill from (modern) Ponte Palatino (Photo Credit: romeartlover.it )

Walk along via di Santa Sabina, and you enter from piazza di Pietro d’Illiria in the picturesque Parco Savello, aka the Garden of the Oranges (Giardino degli Aranci). From here you can see Monte Mario and the Gianicolo (or Janiculum) in the distance. Underneath flows the Tiber that here flanks the vast complex of the previous Ospizio Apostolico di San Michele a Ripa Grande. Once here was the major harbour of the city, ships coming from the sea landed here, but the harbour was destroyed to built the massive walls to bank up the periodical floods of the river. On the right you can see the Tiber island, called by ancient Romans the “Ship of stone” for its shape and dedicated to the god of medicine Aesculapius. Along the Tiber you can see the Synagogue, temple and place of worship for Roman Jews, built at the beginning of the 20th century.

Coming down from the hill towards piazzale Ugo La Malfa, near the Municipal Rose Garden, there is a superb view: the Circus Maximum and the Palatine, greatest examples of ancient games and past virtues, cancel all the rest and take your breath away, lit by the light of dusk. The Circus Maximum extends on an area in the valley between the Palatine and the Aventine.

The present layout as a garden suggests its plan and ancient purpose: the terraces are now covered by grass, and the track is a dirt patch, its backbone being suggested by the long flower-bed in the centre. From the Palatine you can see the imposing structures of the Domus Augustana, the residence of Emperor Domitian and his successors until the byzantine period, a majestic building fit for gods and praised for its splendour, also by ancient writers.

Also See:

Walk From the Campidoglio (Rome from above) to Monte Mario
Walks around Gianicolo (or Janiculum) Hill - A Breathtaking View
Roseto Comunale of Rome (the city's Rose garden) - A short walk from Circo Massimo Aventine hill

Walks around Aventine Hill (Aventino)
Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta
00153 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ripa (Circo Massimo-Bocca Verità-Aventino) (Roma centro)
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