I’m a little disappointed that I don’t have any big trips booked until October, but I can’t complain much about spending my weekends in Rome. In fact, this week I did quite a bit of exploring. Earlier in the week, one of my roommates and I went out to lunch in between classes. We decided to explore a little bit since we still had some time. We headed up a hill near campus, and though we got a little lost, we came across a beautiful fountain and an amazing view of the city.
Some of my roommates were gone for the weekend, and those who stayed decided to go to Tuscany on Saturday. I’m planning on going to Tuscany with my parents next month, so I decided to walk around Rome some more instead.
I heard about the keyhole that has a view to Vatican at Aventine Hill. It was only a 30 minute walk from my apartment (about the same amount of time it takes to get to school) and my favorite site I’ve seen so far. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to get a clear image through the keyhole unless it is professionally taken, but here is what you will see if you ever get the chance look through the Knights of Malta keyhole:
After the keyhole, I went to two gardens nearby: Giardino Storico di Sant’Alessio and Giardino degli Aranci. The view from the latter was spectacular. You can see the city from the edge of the hill, especially the Wedding Cake and Vatican. Here’s a picture of the Vatican from the middle of the garden:
This weekend has made me really appreciate where I am living for the next few months and excited to see even more of Rome next weekend while I’m here. There’s still a lot I haven’t done yet, so I guess we’ll see what else this amazing city has to offer.
JCU Study abroad Fall 2015