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Clivo di Rocca Savella was for centuries the main access to the Aventine and in 1285 with the election of Pope Honorius IV it became one of the most important streets of Rome, because the pope, a member of the Savelli family, preferred to hold the papal court in the family fortress (Rocca Savella) at the top of the street. Today the street is open only in day time and a few steps protect it from becoming a parking lot. The first stretch of the street has on the left side the walls of the fortress covered by a rich spontaneous vegetation.

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