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Rome’s Seven Hills Points of Interest


Walking up from the Circus Maximus or Bocca della Verita is the Aventine Hill. Up top you’ll find the Giardino degli Aranci, the Orange Garden, which has a panoramic view of St. Peter’s Basilica. Keep walking and you’ll find the Knights of Malta headquarters and the famous keyhole through which is a view of the St. Peter’s Basilica Dome.


Located just south of the Colosseum is the Caelian Hill. Its most popular sightseeing destination is the Baths of Caracalla.

When the weather is nice the local Romans flock to the gardens at the Villa Celimontana.


Location of Rome’s city hall and Capitoline Museum.


The top of the Esquiline Hill is where the very important papal church Santa Maria Maggiore is located. This is the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It has maintained its paleo-Christian foundations, which date back to the 5th century. Inside you’ll find 12th-century mosaics. And notably the “architect of Baroque Rome” Gianlorenzo Bernini is also entombed here.

Palatine Hill

Location of the original founding of Rome and where ancient Roman Forum and Colosseum are located.

The Vatican Hill, Janiculum Hill, and Pincian Hill where you’ll find the Via Veneto and Borghese neighborhoods, were not part of the original seven hills.

Each hill is a neighborhood to be explored. But as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and thus cannot fully be explored in a day.


Location of Piazza Barberini. The Presidential Palace for the Republic of Italy is located on the Quirinal and is aptly named Palazzo del Quirinale.


Close to Rome’s Termini train station is the Viminal Hill. Most notable here is the remains of Baths of Diocletian.

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B. Pincio Lookout and Park

Piazza del Popolo is linked with the heights of the Pincio, the Pincian Hill of ancient Rome. There are pedestrian steps leading up beside a waterfall to the Pincio park, where a balustraded lookout, supported by a triple-arched nymphaeum is backed by a wide gravelled opening set on axis with the piazza below; formally-planted bosquets of trees flank the open space. The planted Pincio in turn provides a link to the Villa Borghese gardens.

C. Borghese Gardens & Museum

D. Santa Maria della Vittoria

Roman Catholic titular church and minor basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary located in Rome, Italy. The church is known for the masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel, the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa.

E. Via Veneto

F.  Quirinale

G. Doria Pamphilj Gallery

H. Monti Neighborhood

I. Aventine Hill – Key Hole View

J. Via Beniamino Franklin – Testaccio Market

K. Villa Farnesina rome

Renaissance suburban villa in the Via della Lungara, in the district of Trastevere in Rome, central Italy. The villa was built for Agostino Chigi, a rich Sienese banker and the treasurer of Pope Julius II. Between 1506–1510, the Sienese artist and pupil of Bramante, Baldassarre Peruzzi, aided perhaps by Giuliano da Sangallo, designed and erected the villa. Chigi also commissioned the fresco decoration of the villa by artists such as Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Giulio Romano, and Il Sodoma. The themes were inspired by the Stanze of the poet Angelo Poliziano, a key member of the circle of Lorenzo de Medici. Best known are Raphael’s frescoes on the ground floor; in the loggia depicting the classical and secular myths of Cupid and Psyche, and The Triumph of Galatea. This, one of his few purely secular paintings, shows the near-naked nymph on a shell-shaped chariot amid frolicking attendants and is reminiscent of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.