Also known as “Fontanone” among Roman citizens, the Acqua Paola Fountain is one of the biggest fountains of Rome.

Built between 1610 and 1612, this fountain was supposed to be the end of the homonym Acqua Paola Aqueduct (formerly known as Trajan’s Aqueduct) and has been expanded and restored as requested by Pope Alessandro VIII in 1690.

 Fontana dell'Acqua Paola

Fontana dell'Acqua Paola

Enjoy the Janiculum walk, a path which goes up and down in the Janiculum park through the marmor busts of the most important fighters and heroes of the Italian Risorgimento.

In the big square where the fountain is located, try to close your eyes, then open them again and you’ll see one of the most breathtaking panoramas of Rome: in the background, twelve hills.
The best moment to visit “il Fontanone” is the sunset-time.

 The view from Il Fontanone

The view from Il Fontanone

From Hotel San Francesco you can easily reach the Acqua Paola Fountain by taking the bus 115 - direction “L.go Fiorentini” at the stop “Trastevere/Min. Pubblica Istruzione”, very closed to the hotel. Get off at the 4th stop named “Garibaldi/Iacobucci” and you’ll find the fountain nearby.

Author: our receptionist Giuseppe