|Remains of Augustus' Palace|
|Remains of the Circo Massimo|
In the valley between these two areas, I have also walked the Circo Massimo, an enormous open area, where entertainment in the form of chariot races, battle re-enactments, and animal hunts were staged.
|Ruins of Nero's palace|
|Foundations Romulus Hut|
Time can be forgotten as one walks through the Palatine, seeing Augustus’ palace connected to Livia’s by a tunnel, Nero’s Cryptoportico, Romulus’ hut, the temple of the Cybeles and then tucked away in a corner, a clump of beautiful blue flowers.
|a house on the aventine hill|
I started my walk up the Aventine from the metro station named after the Circo Massimo, crossing the street and walking up the Via Circo Massimo where one can see the whole length of the Circo crowned with the ruins of the Palatine, to my mind one of Rome’s most impressive sights!
|Events at the Circo|
Walking up the hill, passing the rose garden on the Via de Valle Murcia, the noise of the traffic slowly recedes, as one passes through leafy streets and walled gardens.
At the top of the hill is the Parco Savello, a peaceful, public park with tall trees providing a shady canopy and a grove of orange trees which gives the whole area a wonderful subtle, sweet fragrance.
An imposing water fountain is at the entrance and the church of Santa Sabina, one of the more popular wedding venues, is at the left side of the park.
At the summit is the Priory of the Knights of Malta, a secretive chivalric order founded in 1050. The Priory grounds are reportedly very beautiful, but unfortunately are close to the public. What draws tourists to this place is the Priory’s keyhole, through which one sees the far away dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Across the Priory, is the Church of San Anselmo, a Benedictine complex with a pleasant garden and a shop that sells products made by the monks like jams (the wild cherry jam is very good!), grappa, creams, and soaps among other things.
Before going back down, I decided to return to the Parco Savello, where I did as the other people were doing, just sitting around and relaxing, and enjoying the view!