Aventine (Aventino) Rome: Hotels, Sights, Maps
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The atmosphere of Aventine Hill is rich, residential and very quiet. After a frenetic day of sightseeing in lively Rome historic center most tourists are very thankful for such a peaceful retreat.
The street map above connects with the Campo dè Fiori and Trastevere street maps.
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Views from Aventine Hill, San Sabina Monastary
The nearby Monastary gardens, the Circus Maximus and the beautiful Tiber River right below offer plenty of opportunities to breathe fresh air and to stretch the legs.
What to see in the Aventine area?
At the top of Aventine Hill in Via di Santa Sabina stands the Santa Sabina Monastary. Founded in the early 5th Century it was restored at the beginning of the 1900s.
Inside the church you will find beautifully decorated marble friezes, flooring, and a well lit nave. However most tourists can be seen in Parco Savello (the monastary's gardens) admiring the views across the Tiber River (Tevere) towards St Peters and the Vatican.
As you exit the monastary turn right and only a couple of steps away at the end of Santa Sabina you will find the square: "Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta". On the right hand side of the square is a large white sculpted entrance facade which belongs to the Military Order of The Knights of Malta.
In these gates you will find a brass keyhole where you can look through three lands (Malta, Italy and The Vatican City) and see the Cupola of St Peters.
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Views from Aventine looking up the Tiber River
Caius Cestius Pyramid
Bizarre: Down Aventine hill and at the Piramide Metro stop (refer to the Aventine street map above) you will find the pyramid of Caius Cestius. The pyramid is actually the tomb of a very wealthy (and eccentric) Roman magistrate who died in 12BC.
Slightly less Bizarre: The hill of Testaccio, Monte Testaccio (Via Galvani) was only recently discovered to have been man-made! The Testaccio area was originally full of goods warehouses, and the clay casings (Testaes) used to protect the transported goods were dumped in Testaccio.
In the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills lies the Circus Maximus. The site was used for public games as far back as the 4th Century BC, and around 50 BC the Circus Maximus became The venue for Chariot races. The structure was continually embellished and added upon until its last races in AD 549.
Looking from Aventine across circus maximus and towards Palatine hill
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Getting to and from the Aventine area.
(Refer to the street map of the Aventine area above.)
Rome Tram: The No 3 tram runs from Via di Porta Portese (Trastevere) along Via Marmorata (between Aventine Hill and Testaccio) up Viale Aventino past Circus Maximus and towards the ancient Roman Colosseum and San Giovanni in Laterano.
Rome buses: The main bus stop is at Termini Station.
For more about the buses in Rome see my dedicated page Rome buses and Rome public transport.
Rome taxi: The main taxi rank is at Piramide (by the Caius Cestius Pyramid) in front of the train station.
Train Station: The Roma-Ostia train station is handy for those wishing to travel to Fiumicino Airport with the FM1 Metropolitan train, price 5€, or alternatively to Ostia Antica or Ostia Lido (the beach) with the Roma Lido, at a whole 1€. The service operates from 5:18Am unti 11:30Pm 7 days per week and at an average of 9 trips per hour to Ostia.
Rome tourist buses: There are 2 tourist bus stops close at hand:
Note: If you haven't already heard about it on my site then the ATAC public transportation in Rome site has a great tool for calculating the quickest route from point A to point B anywhere in Rome (using Rome public transport). When you arrive at the website click on the English language option to the right. Fill in your departure address and arrival address.For more information visit public transportation in Rome Italy and its related pages:
Restaurants and nightlife in the Aventine area.
As I mentioned earlier, the area lacks in this regard, so one needs to venture into Testaccio, Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona or Trastevere for some excitement and entertainment.
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Central Rome areas dedicated pages:
• Campo de Fiori
• Piazza del Popolo
• Piazza Navona
• San Giovanni in Laterano
• Spanish Steps/Spagna
• Trevi Fountain/Fontana
• Via Veneto