A predominantly residential area, the Aventino is ideal for those looking for peace and quiet with plenty of trees and parks. Situated on one of the seven hills of Rome, it is not far from the historic centre. However the Aventino has very few shops; it is therefore essential to have a car even though it is almost impossible to find parking space. Moving down from the Aventino and across Piazza Albania you will find yourself in S. Saba, a slightly busier version of the Aventino. Endowed with a market S. Saba is noiser and busier but has better facilities for everyday shopping.
THINGS TO SEE
Giardini degli Aranci
Parco Savello, better known as the Giardino degli Aranci, was once a monastic orchard containing an orange grove within its enclosed walls. The orange trees are still growing in this romantic park which provides stunning views of the city across the river Tiber below. The real estate investment group Sorgente is to fund the restoration of the park and its adjoining Clivo di Rocco Savello walkway, linking to the Lungotevere.
Istituto Nazionale di Studi Romani
The National Institute of Roman Studies was founded in 1925 for study into all aspects of Rome, its history, archaeology, art, literature and science. The institute also organises national and international conferences, study days, visits to monuments, art collections and excavations in Rome, around Italy and abroad.
On the eastern slope of the Aventine hill lies the municipal rose garden which is home to 1,200 varieties of rose. The gardens are open from midApril to mid-June but it is possible to view the roses via an avenue dividing the gardens. This is the site of the annual international rose competition which takes place each May.
S. Maria del Priorato
The church of S. Maria del Priorato is owned by the Knights of Malta, an ancient Catholic military order, whose property has extra-territorial status. Peeping through the keyhole of the church’s door provides a magical view of St Peter’s dome, framed by trees, allowing the viewer to see across three states: the sovereign territory owned by the knights, then Italy and in the distance the Holy See.