The Secret Rome, the Orange Gardens and the Keyhole. On the top of the elegant Aventine Hill, a pleasant surprise is waiting for you. Just passed the Orange Gardens, the keyhole of the gate of the Priory of the Knights of Malta offers the most popular and picturesque view of St. Peter. Looking at it through this popular slot you can enjoy a fantastic view of the dome of St. Peter's framed by hedges of the gardens of the Priory.
Palazzo Spada and the Borromini's Optical Illusion. Palazzo Spada is an historical palace bought in 1632 by Cardinal Bernardino Spada who commissioned Francesco Borromini to modify it according to the new Baroque tastes. Borromini created the masterpiece of trompe-l'oeil false perspective of the hallway access to the yard, in which the sequence of columns of decreasing height and the floor that rises generate the optical illusion of a gallery 37 meters long (while it is 8), at the bottom of the gallery, in a sunlit garden, there is a sculpture that looks natural size, while it is only 60 cm high.
A night at the Opera: A night at the opera can be an inspiring experience and a great opportunity to wear your elegant gloves. The grey, angular Mussolini-era facade of the Teatro dell-Opera di Roma-Teatro Costanzi gives way to a beautiful and harmonious interior with a good-sized stage.
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