After checking in at the hotel we took the metro into the city center and Barberini square was the first thing we saw. Piazza Barberini was created in the 16th century and took its name from the Barberini palace that is located at the south side of the square. The Palazzo Barberini was built in 1633 in baroque style and houses the National Gallery of Ancient Art but we didn’t have time for it(it’s open Tuesday-Sunday 8.30-19.30 entrance fee 5euros). The square was also known as Piazza Palestrini because Barberini had the title of Princes of Palestrina.
We didn’t really stay long here as it’s just a big traffic hub with cars passing by non stop (pic 1) although some old sketches showing a nice huge old square. There used to be an obelisk on the square until 1822 but the creepy info has to do with the human corpses that were displayed on the square for public identification!
So we just checked from a distance the Triton Fountain (pic 2) which is located at the centre of the square. It was built in 1643 by G.Lorenzo Bernini. We visited again the square later in the night but my pics didn’t come out good, it’s a pity because the fountain is a masterpiece, I loved the details, especially the lower part with the four dolphins that support the upper part.
Piazza Barberini is located in a busy traffic area, not to far from the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.
The central Piazza has a prominent fountain - the Fountain of Triton, which was made by Bernini in 1643.
There are some fancy old cafes across the road from the Piazza which are touristy, and expensive, but good for a spot of people watching.
The first 2 times I was there I saw this crazy man who stood on the street corner yelling at traffic and passerbys - turned out he had been in the same spot for years - a regular tourist attraction!!
The Piazza Barberini is one of my favorite small piazzas in Rome. There are so many things in this area to see and do. Piazza Barberini is where Via Veneto, Via Sistina, Via delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Tritone meet. In the center of the piazza is the beautiful Tritone fountain. It is Triton sitting atop four dolphins (the fish) and blowing water out of a conch shell. The fountain is on an island in the middle of a traffic circle but you can walk across to get a closer picture of the fountain. At the corner of Via Veneto is another, smaller fountain, the Fontana delle Api. You can fill your water bottle from this fountain to have a refreshing drink. It has three "Barberini" bees and has an inscription that says the water is for the public and its animals. Right next to the fountain is a metro stop. You can buy your ticket at the news-stand across the street. Just up Via Veneto is the Santa Maria Concezione church, or the church of the Capucchin Monks. In this church, they used the bones of the dead to decorate the various rooms of the church. It is a little grizzley, but interesting to see. There are various shops and restaurants as you go up the Via Veneto. On the other side of the Piazza is an internet cafe. It has two floors of computers for you to use. The fee is nominal. Just outside the cafe is a taxi stand if you are looking for one and most busses stop in the area as well. On the corner to the left, as you are facing Via del Tritone is a small deli shop. You can stop in for reasonably priced sandwiches or sodas and take them with you. About halfway up Via delle Quattro fontane is the Palazzo Barberini, which is part of the national museum system. If you go up via Barberini you will get to the piazza republica and then the termini station. This might be a small piazza but it offers a lot and is worth the trip to see it.
Centered on Bernini's lovely fountain, Fontana del Tritone, Piazza Barberini is enough off the beaten path to be more peaceful than most of the center. According to Rough Guides, this area of Rome is the traditional stomping grounds of the Barberini clan--who also happened to be one of Bernini's major patrons. Be sure to look for the bees adorning the fountain, the family symbol of the Barberinis.
Towards Via S. Basilio (slightly uphill), there is another smaller fountain for the Barberini fountain, the Fontana delle Api, which is a giant seashell ensconced with more of those bees.
Going left from here (or continuing uphill) you will reach the Capuchin church a few doors up on your right. This church and its macabre crypt were unfortunately closed for renovation during my visit, but sound fascinating; says the Rough Guide to Italy: "The [4000 monk] bones appear in abstract or Christian patterns or as fully clothed skeletons, their faces peering out of their cowls in various twsited expressions of agony - somewhere between the chilling and the ludicrous." (Rough Guide to Italy, 6th ed.., 739)
Another work by Bernini can also be found on Piazza Barberini. It's a small fountain dedicated to the bee's, the symbol of the Barberini, situated on a corner of the piazza and is easily overlooked. The Latin writing's on the fountain say that the water is there for the people and their pets.
This square contains anothe Bernini fountain - one of the things i loved about Rome most was all the fountains. This one is the Fontana del Tritone and had cute little bees on it.
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