- By Kevin
- On Sep 26, 2017
- Travel Tips
Find the Secret Keyhole in the Aventino
If you want to impress your fellow travelers,find the nondescript door to the Priory of the Knights of Malta up on the Aventine Hill,just past the orange grove.Peep through the keyhole and you’ll spy a perfect view of Saint Peter’s Basilica across the city.No one knows if it was designed that way or if it was just a lucky coincidence,but the centuries-old building is truly majestic.Before entering the hands of the Knights of Malta,it was a fortified palace belonging to Alberico II,who ruled Rome from 932-954,a Benedictine monastery,and home to the Knights of Templar.
Find Caravaggio’s Greatest Paintings in Churches
Stumble into just about any church and you’re likely to see some impressive art and architecture.There are a few,however,with altars by Caravaggio and other Renaissance and Baroque masters that will leave you awestruck.
On Piazza del Popolo,the church of Santa Maria del Popolo holds two of Caravaggio’s masterpieces:the Crucifixion of Saint Peter and the Conversion of Saint Paul.Raphael,Bernini,and Pinturicchio also contributed to its splendid interiors.Near Piazza Navona,the smaller,unassuming church of San Luigi dei Francesi displays three of Caravaggio’s greatest works:the Calling of St.Matthew,Matthew and the Angel,and Matthew’s Martyrdom.
For movie lovers,a visit to CinecittàStudios provides a chance to bask in the glory of cinematic greatness.Some of the great classics were filmed here,including Fellini’s La Dolce Vita(most of Fellini’s films,in fact),Roman Holiday(you can also see where Gregory Peck lived on Via Margutta),and Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor.More recently,Martin Scorsese filmed Gangs of New York there.Guided tours are available,and you can see the exhibition CinecittàShows Off.