Do you remember the famous lock from which you can see the dome of St. Peter? I think you all have this scene in your mind, thanks to the many films that have represented it. Next to this magical place (Villa of the Priory of Malta, on the Aventine Hill), there is the garden of orange trees, a place of great beauty. Speaking of great beauty … do you remember the Oscar winner eponymous film by Paolo Sorrentino? In fact, many scenes were filmed right here. It could not have been otherwise.
Wlaking in the orange trees’ garden is a mystical experience: it is a green and orange corner away from the traffic of Rome, where you can enjoy a unique view. Here you can see the most beautiful domes of Rome and the Tiber, which flows peacefully under your eyes. Entering the garden, you become aware of the dome of St. Peter, whose perspective affects the eye like a punch in the stomach. As you get closer to the terrace, the dome “goes away.”
Also, I recommend you to do a full tour of the Aventine, a magical hill full of churches, splendid villas and mysterious places, known only by a few people. In short, the magical effect of this place is assured.
You can reach this place taking the subway (B) to the stop Circo Massimo. You can also take these buses: 23, 44, 81, 160, 170, 204, 628, 715, 716, 781, 810.