The Quattro Fontane (the Four Fountains) is an ensemble of four Late Renaissance fountains located at the intersection of Via delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale in Rome. They were commissioned by Pope Sixtus V and built at the direction of Muzio Mattei, and were installed between 1588 and 1593. The figure of one fountain is said to represent the River Tiber, in front of an oak-tree; a she-wolf, the symbol of Rome, was a later addition. A second fountain represents the River Aniene, a tributary of the Tiber, called Anio in ancient Rome, which provided most Roman aqueducts with water. Pope Sixtus proposed to build a canal to bring the water of the Aniene to Rome. The other two fountains feature female figures believed to represent the Goddess Diana; the symbol of Chastity; and the Goddess Juno, the symbol of Strength, but it is possible that they may also represent rivers. The fountains of the Aniene, Tiber, and Juno are the work of Domenico Fontana. The fountain of Diana was designed by the painter and architect Pietro da Cortona.Add Quattro Fontane to your Rome travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Rome journey app.
The later Baroque church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, by Francesco Borromini, is located near the fountains, and takes its name from them.
Until 1964 the Via Quattro Fontane was home to the Pontifical Scots College.
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Quattro Fontane Reviews
Stumbled upon this richly decorated street corner while walking near Palazzo Barberini. The four corners feature intricate stone carvings set within niches. The adjacent Cathedral San Carlo Quattro... more »
As the title suggests, this is with a visit if in the area. It’s an intriguing example of historic street architecture more »
Close to roma train station. A 10 minutes walk.
Nice monument surprising you when you least expect it... It’s called “four fountains street for a reason”.. while you walk you run into four beautiful white marble fountains on the four corners of a busy crossroad. Each of them is just mind-blowing. It is a bit of a waste that it is quite difficult to capture them in a pic due to intense traffic, so early morning or late evening is the best moment to fall in love with them. Avoid peak hours.
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