Today, was filled with plenty of treats for the interns and AUR students. We started off the evening by walking to Trapizzino, a local sandwich shop in Testaccio. Trapizzino offers authentic Roman cuisine with a modern twist. Inspired from pizza dough, the trapizzini (sandwich) shop prepares their sandwiches on a unique bread that tastes like it has been fried but is actually baked! After a delicious trapizzino, we all made our way down the street to Linari, a pasticceria in Testaccio that also offers gelato. The students and interns all indulged in a serving of gelato and tried new flavors that the employees recommended.
After satisfying our sweet tooth came the best part of our evening: our secret tour of Aventine Hill. We concluded our little evening adventure by taking the students and interns to Aventine Hill where there is a spectacular view of St. Peter’s, the Tiber River, and the rest of the Ancient City. The Aventine Hill is popular among locals but not a very common site for tourists. The most popular sight on the hill is a view of St. Peter’s through a keyhole on a door that leads to the Priory of the Knights of Malta. The Knights of Malta are one of the last order of knights left from the crusades! Through the keyhole you can see St. Peter’s perfectly aligned by garden arches from inside the priory. It is unknown whether the door and keyhole were purposely placed in this position, but the view is nevertheless astounding. Once everyone got a little peep out of the keyhole, we walked up to giardino degli aranci in Parco Savello to get a greater view of Rome. All the students and interns took pictures and explored the park while the sun was setting over the Eternal City. There is no better way to spend an evening in Rome than with sandwiches, gelato, and a secret view!