San Francesco di Paola ai Monti Church Rome

The Church of San Francesco di Paola ai Monti is the national church of the Calabrian community in Rome. It is located in the square of the same name in the Monti neighborhood. At the moment the church is closed.

San Francesco di Paola ai Monti Church Rome

Useful information

San Francesco di Paola ai Monti Church Rome
San Francesco di Paola ai Monti Church

The Chiesa di San Francesco di Paola ai Monti is currently closed. The address is Via di San Francesco di Paola, 10 – 00184 Rome. Rione: Monti. Phone: +39 06 4880250. Bus: 75, N2. Subway: Cavour.

History

San Francesco di Paola ai Monti
Bottom part of the facade

The Chiesa di San Francesco di Paolo ai Monti was built in two stages, the first of which, between 1624 and 1630, was under the direction of the architect Orazio Torrani. The work was completed 100 years later under Barattoni.

The interior of the church consists of a single nave with three chapels on either side.

The nickname “de’ Calabresi” is due to the fact that the church and its cloister were built by Giovanni Pizzullo della Regina, a native of Calabria, and dedicated to Francesco da Paola, founder of the Order of Friars Minor (Frati Minori).

What to see

The facade consists of 2 levels, the lower part of which is made of Travertine marble and the upper, which recedes slightly backwards, of simple plaster work. The lower part has a portal, and two niches between pillars decorated with cherubs.

The coats of arms of the Aldobrandini family on the facade refer to Olimpia Aldobrandini, who financed the construction.

The main altar was the work of Giovanni Antonio De Rossi.

The fresco cycle “Miracles of San Francesco di Paola” is by Giuseppe Chiari.

The ceiling painting in the sacristy is themed “The Apparition of the Virgin to San Francesco Di Paola.”

The busts of Christ and the Madonna shown in two niches originally stood in the destroyed San Salvatore ad Tres Imagines Church. This church was destroyed in 1884 when the Via Cavour was constructed.

As the street level was lowered a great deal, the heavy retaining wall that makes the church so picturesque also needed to be constructed.

Bell tower (Torre Borgia)

The Campanile of the San Francesco di Paola Church started its existence in the 12th century as a simple tower. The belfry was added later. The corbelled crowning was in the 15th century. Although known under the name Torre Borgia, the tower used to be property of the Cesarini family. The coat of arms visible on the tower belonged to the next owner, the Margani. The tower can best be seen from the Via del Fagutale.

Piazza San Francesco di Paola

Apart from the church, the main building in the square is the Collegio dei Frati Minori. In front of this building stands a votive column. Since the piazza is way higher than the Via Cavour, it offers some nice views of this street and of the cupola of the Santa Maria ai Monti Church.

Collegio dei Frati Minori

Collegio dei Frati Minori
Collegio dei Frati Minori

The building to the left of the facade is the Collegio dei Frati Minori (“College of the Order of Friars Minor” or of the “Franciscan Order”).

The votive column in front of the building is also dedicated to this order.

Via di San Francesco di Paola, 10 – Rome