I heard about a secret keyhole in Rome. I heard it was the best peep show in town.
Captain Greggles told me: "It will be the most remarkable thing you'll ever do in your life."
How could I pass that up.
So I walked up Aventino Hill around sunset, past Circo Massimo and followed Via di Santa Sabina, past a few churches, past an old man selling roasted chestnuts outside of a fortified panoramic garden with orange groves (il giardino degli aranci, which hosts outdoor films in the summer), and past another garden until I reached a nondescript green door with a tiny bronze keyhole. On the other side of the door is property belonging to The Knights of Malta, a sovereign state.
I pressed my left eye to the hole and saw a secret garden with manicured bushes perfectly framing The Vatican against a pink sky. I thought my eye was playing tricks on me.
I could see three countries at once: Italy, The Knights of Malta, and Vatican City. Such an unexpected, breathtaking experience from a one-inch hole.
Definitely the best game of peek-a-boo I've ever played!
Photos by Aaron Purkey
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