Savello Park, better known as the Orange Garden is a small terrace overlooking the Tiber from the Aventino hill. From this angle, the most loved and frequented the city, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Rome. The park covers the area of the ancient fortress built by the Savelli Family between 1285 and 1287 at the church of Santa Sabina on the Aventine, on an old castle built by Crescenzi in the tenth century.
The current garden was built in 1932 by Raffaele de Vico, after that already in the early twenties of the ‘900, with the new urban arrangement of the Aventine, had been expected of a public park area of the Dominican Fathers nearby church kept a vegetable garden.
Thanks to the Oscar-winning film by Paolo Sorrentino ‘The Great Beauty’, for some years the Orange Garden is visited by the search for a magical lock.
It is the keyhole from which to enjoy, as in the movie, an unexpected perspective on the dome of St. Peter. The lock, in fact, is outside the garden, at the gates of the Knights of Malta.
In order to release this extraordinary view, some of the bitter orange trees had to be cutted.
To visit at sunset, it goes without saying.