The dome of the Basilica of St. Peter as you have never seen it before. That's right, do you want to surprise that friend who thinks he knows everything about Rome? Take him to see the well-known, but still not so famous, Key Hole.

The view of the Dome through the Key Hole

The view of the Dome through the Key Hole

KEY HOLE: WHERE IT IS

The Key Hole is a destination of continuous pilmgrimage, but still not a mass destination due to its location in a non tourist area. There is usually a small line, but it moves fast:

The typical line to take a

The typical line to take a "furtive" look onto the Dome through the Key Hole

The Key Hole is located 150 meters from the Garden of Oranges (Circus Maximus)

The Key Hole is located 150 meters from the Garden of Oranges (Circus Maximus)

It is located in the high part of the Aventine Hill, between the Garden of Oranges and the gate of the Priorate of the Knights of Malta, so right in the area of Circus Maximus, but you will never get there by chance. Regarding the Garden of Oranges: since you are already here, "waste" some ten minutes wandering around it, you won't regret it.

KEY HOLE: WHAT IT I

The Key Hole is nothing less than the exciting view offered by the key hole of the gate of the Priorate of the Knights of Malta, when you look through it. The excitement that comes over the unaware tourist is due not only by the immortal charm of spying something or someone, but also to the panoramic view that lays in front of the eye: St. Peter's Dome in a new and different perspective surrounded by hedges from the eighteenth-century Priorate Garden.
The place is worth the visit, both day an night. Perhaps the best moment is at sunset.
In addition, the area is very calm and quiet. It is really a pleasant walk outside the tourist turmoil of the Capital. 

 

The place is worth the visit, both day an night. Perhaps the best moment is at sunset.

 

KEY HOLE: HISTORY

But was this key hole created by chance? Many wonder about it, the answer is obviously not. It was very likely Piranesi who in 1765, under request from the cardinal Rezzonico, was asked to restructure the entry point building beside it an spectacular rococo small square.

But did you already know about the Key Hole? If so, write below your impressions, curiosities you might have found out about and your comments.

Useful information

It is located in the high part of the Aventine Hill, between the Garden of Oranges and the gate of the Priorate of Malta, right in the area of Circus Maximus.

HOW TO GET THERE

From the Port of Civitavecchia go towards the train station and take the first train bound for Roma Termini.
Once you get to Termini take the Metro Line B  (it is right under the train station) and get off at "Circo Massimo".
Go by foot (max 15 minute walk) towards the Garden of Oranges, the Key Hole is a little less than 1 kilometer away from the subway station.
 

TIMETABLES

The Key Hole is always open to public.

PRICES

Free

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