The Abbey of Tre Fontane is situated in the southern part of the city centre of Rome. The complex of the Abbey has two churches, one dedicated to Saint Paul and the other to the virgin Mary. The main building of the abbey is centred around the cloister. The Abbey offers hospitality to pilgrims to join for prayers and holy mass and for a spiritual retreat.
The Abbey of Tre Fontane takes its name from the legend of Saint Paul. Saint Paul was put in prison and beheaded, an order of emperor Nero. According the legend the head of the saint, after the beheading, touched the ground three times, generating three springs on each spot. And Tre Fontane means: three springs.
The site was considered a holy place since the very beginning of the Christian era and around the 6th century the first monastery was constructed, next to the church of Saint Paul. During the 7th and the 8th centuries new buildings were added, like the church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In the end of 16th century the two churches were restored.
Eucalyptus and beer
In 1868, the Trappists got in charge of restoring the religious life in the Abbey. They developed intense activities to reclaim the area around the abbey and they planted more 125.000 trees of eucalyptus. They also developed a series of economic activities such as the production of chocolate and oil and more recently of beer, since may 2015 a Trappist beer.
Tre Fontane can be seen as a good example of sustainable tourism, according to the case study "Trappist Abbey of Tre Fontane as a case study for developing sustainable tourisme", presented in 2015.
Shop Products shop: Oil, honey, chocolate, trappist beer and jelly beer of the Abbey of the Tre Fontana. Eucalittino, hazelnut cream, liqueurs and brandy. You also will find jams and cosmetic products and handicrafts of other Trappist monasteries. And a selection of religious objects.
Brewery You can not visit the brewery.
Restaurant There is a bar at the entrance of the abbey complex.
Open to public
The complex of the Tre Fontane is open every day from 6:00 to 20:30.
Churches and abbey are open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 18:00.
Opening hours shop
Every day of the week: 9:30 - 13:30 and 15:30 - 19:30.
Kiosk: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 9:00 to 12:00.
Guided tours of the abbey complex and some monastic spiritual readings. Information at the abbey shop.
The Abbey is located the easternmost EUR neighborhood. EUR was projected in occasion of the Universal Exposition in the south-west of Rome as an extension of the city to the sea.
So for example, the Portaportese-Ostia route allows you to reach the coast from the city center, cycling along the Abbey complex, crossing EUR and at the end roman countryside.
Architectural manifesto of fascism
The area is peculiar since it is the architectural manifesto of fascism: the main symbol of fascist-inspired style is Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also called Squared Colosseum. The district encloses several other examples: Palazzo dei Congressi, the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the Gugliemo Marconi obelisk, the Museum of Roman Civilization, the Luigi Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography.
Moreover EUR is the location chosen by Massimiliano Fuksas for his new building: Nuovo Centro Congressi or Nuvola.
Moreover some bike routes connect the abbey with the city centre, the beaches of Ostia or the area of the Roman aqueduct, offering the opportunity to discover the surroundings of the Eternal City.
Rome’s treasures are just around the corner
And all Rome’s treasures are just around the corner: the abbey is in fact included in the urban area of Rome (although it is still surrounded by a large green area) and St. Peter’s Square, Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna and the city centre are reachable with a few metro stops.
Distance: 18,7 km 11,3 miles
Starting point: Parco della Caffarella
Arrival point: Parco della Caffarella
Most of the circular route is inside Parco della Caffarella: on the road it is possible to admire its natural, historical and architectural beauties. The path extends up to Parco Tre Fontane and Parco degli Eucalipti.
Distance: 1 km, 0,6 miles
Starting point: via Giuseppe Casalinuovo (pista Ciclabile Colombo-Grotta Perfetta)
Arrival point: Pista ciclabile dello svincolo del Tintoretto
The route crosses Parco Tre Fontane from north-east to south-west. It could be linked with other routes as Grotta Perfetta route, Via del Tintoretto - Via Laurentina route and Parco degli Eucalipti route.
Starting point: Ponte Tintoretto
Arrival point: Via della Musica
Km: 0,9 (miles: 0,6)
The route goes through Parco degli Eucalipti from north to south and ends in the heart of EUR quartier, not far away from the impressive Palazzo dei Congressi.
You can enjoy more the path continuing to Parco Tre Fontane route and the route Via del Tintoretto - via Laurentina.
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