San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The area
Neighbourhood: Trevi
A non-stop photo and souvenir opportunity, Trevi is all about action. From early morning through the wee hours, the piazza surrounding Trevi Fountain hosts a never-ending flow of tourists hoping to make a wish or take a selfie. Clever restaurants, charming gelaterias, uncanny bars, kitsch shops, and a range of hotels make up the local landscape. Beneath the bustle are the remains of an ancient neighbourhood that you can visit by heading over to a repertoire cinema and asking for a peek underground. There is something for everyone, but if peace and quiet are what you seek, plan to visit in the early morning hours.
How to get there
  • Barberini - Fontana di Trevi • 3 min walk
  • Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera • 6 min walk
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Brad
Hong Kong, China172,743 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a quaint little church located at the corner of Via Quattro Fontana and Via del Quirinale. It was designed by Francesco Borromini (1634-44). You will see are delightful Baroque facade with fluid curves and niches filled with statues. Within, you will find a small oval-shaped nave with a nice altar and unique elliptical coffered inner dome to create an illusion of scale in the elegantly fitted little church. It is a church well worth a few minutes of your time if you plan to see the four street corner fountains here or if you are interested in finding more churches designed by Bernini's contemporary and rival, Borromini.
Written April 24, 2024
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Andrejs S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Beautiful architecture that leaves nothing more to be desired. Words can’t do this church justice. It is a diamond.
Written October 19, 2023
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Skeney57
Sydney, Australia23,900 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
While being captivated by the four fountains I walked into this extremely small but fascinating church. This is in the baroque style and was designed by Francesco Borromini and dedicated in 1646. The fountain for the River Tiber is also displayed in the exterior corner of this church. Well worth a quick look while in the area!
Written August 3, 2023
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,897 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Locate where the Four Fountains are found, it is a small church. By the standard of Roman churches, its interior was minimalist.
Written March 31, 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I tried to see the interior of the Chiesa San Carlo al Quattro Fontane at least three times during my twelve days in Rome. Finally, the allusive church was opened before noon and I had a chance to admire simplicity and perfect geometric perspective of the Borromini’s white oval interior. No elaborate decorations, no gilded statues... just the flawless harmony and immaculate precision of Borromini’s design. How elegant it is...

The facade neighboring the famous Quattro Fontane is absolutely stunning, but it needs to be cleaned...
Written November 23, 2020
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dapper777
Monaco62,592 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Friends
The church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, known as San Carlino for its small size, is the first important commission of Borromini as an independent architect. The works, started in 1635, due to the reduced financial resources, ended in 1667.
For the church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Borromini chooses an elliptical shape, which was the result of the combination of a longitudinal component and a Greek cross, in order to adapt the church to the small size of the area where the church stands.
We have been lucky enough to visit the church several times, and this has been of great inspiration for our way of looking at things.
For us it is certainly one of the greatest works of Roman Baroque.
Unfortunately the church is often closed and therefore it is necessary to take note of the opening times posted on the door.
The last time was on Saturday from 10:am until 12:00.
Higly recommended.
Written June 30, 2020
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KXLingle
Sioux Falls, SD97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
*Check the open hours before you visit.*
This is one of my favorite churches in Rome, which is certainly saying something. I find it difficult to put into words just why I find Borromini's churches to be so aesthetically appealing.The mostly-monochromatic interiors or San Carlino (this church) and Sant'Ivo could be part of that as they are so vastly different than the vast majority of the spaces in the city. That said, there is just so much movement, but also balance in this space that I find it calming. It is also an intimate space, which, I think, emphasizes the quality of the design.
I love that you can visit the Borromini crypt and cloister; just remember to have a few euros handy to pay for this pleasure.
Written November 25, 2019
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Tamer H
Bolu, Türkiye253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
In my third visit I have been able to visit this heritage site. It is open for visit just few days a week and few hours a day; so one must plan the visit carefully.
San Carlino is a small church; the constraint of the building site has been a challenge to Borromini; however he has excelled this through a series of genius ideas which resulted in a masterpiece of western architecture. The peculiar curves of the interior, combination of concave and convex lines that dominate the interior and exterior of the building, perspective illusions of the small niches, high dome lit by continuous daylight create a relieving mood; you want to stay inside for hours.
Please remember that, there is a limited number of artworks inside. The building itself is the highlight.
Do not skip to visit the cloister and the crypt. In the crypt one can see the fragments of the old frescoes; heavily deteriorated due to humidity. Yes the humidity caused severe damage on the building too. The walls adjoining the crypt entrance have cracks going through the buttress-like arcs which look quite threatening. The adjacent fontana is dry while other four are working; probably because of this risk.
In short; it is a masterpiece, not 'just another church'. It should be within Rome Top-Ten for every art lover.
Written October 21, 2019
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Z Factor
Wellington, New Zealand216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
First up - timetable on the site is in correct. Check the one I have attached from the door step. They are not open on afternoons.

Second - what a beauty !!!

You would feel as if you were a pearl in an oyster. Check the niches with the shell roof work and the insignia of fish.

It is the cutest fun little church we have ever been. It is absolutely beautiful and full of intricate work.

You would feel so ensconced in this cozy atmosphere that time would fly just being the pearl.

The roof has wonderful mathematical patterns. Unlike the emotive baroque it is not overdone with too many intricate details. The simplicity is stunning.

Check out the cloister and cute little well. Ana amazing work to set up for the baroque and Bernini magic.
Written September 25, 2019
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Margaret B
Greenbelt, MD713 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Not much to look at on the outside, as it's gotten dark with the dirt of the city, but it's amazing on the inside. The ceiling is a work of art by architect Francesco Boromini. Definitely worth a stop.
Written May 21, 2019
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