A refined and elegant district, Aventino is known for its extremely beautiful medieval churches and its Rose Garden (Roseto Comunale),  although mainly for its Orange Grove and the most famous “Keyhole” in the world.

The Orange Grove (Giardini degli Aranci) is a splendid former monastic orchard enclosed by walls offering a truly breath-taking panorama, while the Keyhole gives a wonderful furtive peep straight onto St. Peter’s itself!

Moving slightly southwards, the Caracalla Baths (Terme di Caracalla) unfurls before us, whose famous ruins over the summer forms the sumptuous backdrop for the staging of famous operas.

For sports enthusiasts, nothing could be more pleasant than jogging through the tree-lined Viale delle Terme di Caracalla. As for the romantics among you and those “with serious intentions”, there is the gorgeous deconsecrated little church of Santa Maria in Tempulo, where civil marriages are celebrated.

What about the night-lifers? Rest assured: there is a brand now top spot  “L’Aranciera” (located next to the home of the late, great Italian Film Actor Alberto Sordi), which is a favourite for both formal evenings and for the “clubbers” among you.

The places of the district

Colombarium of Pomponio Hylas

The term columbarium refers to a burial chamber which walls are covered with rows of niches [...]

Ara Massima di Ercole Mithraeum

The discovery of mithraeum dates back to the 1930s when works began on the creation of [...]

Temple of Portunus (Temple of Manly Fortune)

The temple is one of the best preserved of ancient Rome. Erroneously called  the Temple of [...]

The Savello Park and Garden of Oranges

In the fourteenth century, the Savelli Family built its castle on the Aventino Hill, thereby making [...]

Terme di Caracalla (The Baths of Caracalla)

A customary and welcome part of the ancient Romans’ daily routine was a visit to the [...]

Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus)

To an untrained eye the Circus of Maxentius just looks like a vast green pasture where [...]

Bocca della verità – Mouth of Truth

A circular marble sculpture of a large face with an open mouth, which was in all [...]

The Rose Garden

The gates to one of Rome’s most romantic gardens are open in spring at the foot [...]