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November 17, 2009 Exploring Rome, Favourite Places 3 Comments

On top of one of Rome’s most idyllic hills, the Aventine, you will find the atmospheric Orange Garden (“Giardino degli Aranci/Parco Savelli”), where many people come to relax and watch the sunset over the city.

The view is quite breathtaking – not quite as spectacular as the view from “Il Pincio” at the top of the Villa Borghese Gardens, but more intimate – and you can make out astounding detail since the Tiber, the ancient palazzi of Trastevere, and even St. Peter’s Basilica seem so close.


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View from Orange Garden


The Orange Garden featured in Federico Fellini’s film Nights of Cabiria (“Le notti di Cabiria”, 1957), as a backdrop to part of the courtship between the heroine of the film (a prostitute, hopelessly romantic and sentimental, uniquely interpreted by Giulietta Masina) and a man named Oscar, who turns out to be a poignant disappointment.

Just down the street (about 20m from the end, on your right) from the Orange Garden, you’ll find a small key hole in a large green door.

It offers a delightful view through a grove of trees to the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica – one of the hundrets of secrets you can discover while in Rome.

Orange Garden (Map)

Source: initaly.com

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    […] Orange Garden [Park]: This is a small park next to the Saint Sabina church, where I sadly didn’t see any of the eponymous orange trees. However, it’s got a great view over the city, including St. Peter’s. Very peaceful. Janus Arch [Ruins]: Despite its name, this giant gate was never dedicated to the god Janus. It was so named because it faced all four directions, a rarity. In older times, traders would stand underneath it to conduct business. Now, either this was just a subset of them, or they were all ridiculously thin, because the arch wasn’t that big. Don’t go out of your way, but if you’re here, walk on by. […]

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    […] at the top of the Aventine Hill is the beautiful Santa Sabina church and the orange gardens, from which you can see a beautiful view over the city. I learnt a lot about this place last week, […]

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    What is the best way to reach to ” Parco Savelli” from the historic center?

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