An off-the-beaten-path photo-opportunity in Rome. A walk up to the Knights of Malta Villa old doors offers a view of St. Peter’s Dome like non other. Looking directly through this small key hole, you are graced with a perfect view of the Dome framed by the gardens of the Knights of Malta Villa. It is a truly beautiful view, a photo can’t do it justice.
This is a must do while in Rome! Take the time to walk up to the keyhole; it makes the experience almost like a treasure hunt. I had no idea if I was heading in the right direction because there were so few people visiting the keyhole, I just had to follow my gut sense of direction. To find the Order of Malta, follow directions to this site. Again, it is in an odd location, but take the time to walk instead of taking a taxi! It will be worth it, I promise :)
So, what is the Knights of Malta? With the full name Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and Malta, it is the remaining monastic order of the Knights Hospitaller. It was created during the crusades to protect pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land.