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Rome, the eternal city. Got to face the facts here: there are a ton of tourists. But there are so many nooks and crannies that it IS possible to escape the beaten path. Still, must return to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. And Palatine Hill. And find the prison where Paul and Peter were rumored to be held. And St. Peter in Chains...
The Garden of Oranges (Giardino degli Aranci) Across from the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin - You make a short climb along a zigzagged lane to reach the top of the hill and the park. Before descending back down, walk west to the Maltese Embassy. Look into the tiny keyhole of its green door to see the dome of St. Peter’s artistically framed in an arbor of greenery.