Abbey of the Three Fountains

Abbazia delle Tre Fontane (Abbey of the Three Fountains) is an abbey in Rome.

Legend says that Apostle Paul was beheaded by Emperor Nero’s order. His head struck the earth in three different places in which fountains sprang forth.

The Abbey

In 1140, Pope Innocent II had the church restored, repaired and rebuilt according to the usages of the order.

Abbey of the Three Fountains
Photo taken by Fczarnowski

There are three separate sanctuaries belonging to the monastery, named:

  • Church of St. Paul the Apostle
  • Santa Maria Scala Coeli

These two were built on existing buildings and took their present form in the late 16th century.

  • Church of Saint Vincent and Saint Anastasius – This is the oldest of the three churches. It was built in 626 by order of Pope Honorius I.

The abbey was richly endowed, particularly by the Arch of Charlemagne, which became the gateway to the abbey.

Eucalyptus Potion

The Cistercian monks of Abbazia delle Tre Fontane make their own alcoholic drink from eucalyptus. They sell this drink in their own shop in the abbey.


According to the rules of St. Benedict, guests are welcome and can also join the Holy Mass. Although, reservation is required for guests who want to stay for spiritual nights.

Booking can be done by calling:  349 28 98 576

Visiting hours

The abbey is open from 6:30 to 12:30 in the morning and afternoon 15:00 to 20:30 (15:30 to 20:30 on Sundays)

Via di Acque Salvie 1
00142 Roma Italy

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