Archaeologists suggest that Rome began as a society of villages and the low-lying area between them was infectious and swampy, overtime these valleys between the hills were built upon, and some of the hills are barely even noticeable.

Rome is said to have seven hills, not because there are seven hills but because seven was a sacred number in ancient numerology.

Aventino, the walk to the top might be tiring but it is worth it, starting from Circus Maximus, dividing from the Palatine to the Aventine, up the rose garden (Roseto Comunale), through the orange tree park (Giardino degli Aranci) and the famous Keyhole (Il Buco della Serratura). This hill is an elegant residential part of Rome, the rose garden has over 1100 varieties of roses and covers 10,000 square meters. The orange tree parks, offers romantic picnics, overlooking Rome and the Vatican, with plenty of seating to meet the sunset during the summer months as the winter hours do not permit it.

Palentine Hill offers the best view of the Roman Forum. Fully exploring this place could easily take a view hours. Given it is slightly overshadowed by the fame of its next-door neighbour, the Colosseum, you might not want to miss it. It is said that you cannot understand ancient Rome, without understanding its remarkable history. In Ancient Rome it was the home of emperors and aristocrats. Associations with ancient legends and imperial power made the Palatine one of the most important places in Rome.

Quirinal Hill, the highest of the Seven Hills, is the seat of the President of the Italian Republic who lives within the Palazzo del Quirinale.

More is coming.