A Tourist in Rome - Four Fountains

Location:At the intersection of Via delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale / Via 20 Settembre
Metro:Barberini
Time:about 30 minutes
Cost:Free
Hours:Viewable at any time

The Four Fountains are four late renaissance fountains located at the intersection of Via delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale, which turns into Via 20 Settembre at that intersection. One fountain is at each corner of the intersection, against the building at that corner. The crossroad is named after the fountains that decorate its four corners, and is the highest point on the Quirinal Hill, which was the site of temples, patrician residences and the elaborate Baths of Constantine in ancient times. Today this is a very busy intersection where getting a clear photo of each fountain without cars driving through the field of view was a challenge. The fountains were commissioned by Pope Sixtus V and installed between 1588 and 1593 during a period of reconstruction and enhancement of the city, but the lack of official records has made it difficult to determine what the statues represent. The fountains all have a semicircular travertine pond with a statue above it and a background of vegetable ornaments. The fountains of the Arno, Tiber, and Juno are the work of Domenico Fontana. The fountain of Diana was designed by the painter and architect Pietro da Cortona.

The four fountains are usually thought to be:

    
Fountain of the River Tiber
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Fountain of the River Arno
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Fountain of Diana
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Fountain of Juno
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Another fun thing about this intersection is that if you look down three of the four roads, you can see three of the Obelisks of Rome.

    
The Sallustian Obelisk from the corner of the Four Fountains
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The Quirinal Obelisk from the corner of the Four Fountains
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The Esquiline Obelisk from the corner of the Four Fountains
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The later Baroque church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, by Francesco Borromini, is located near the fountains, and takes its name from them.

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