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"Piazza Barberini" Piazza Barberini Tip by mindcrime

Piazza Barberini, Rome: 6 reviews and 9 photos

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  • Triton Fountain at Piazza Barberini - Rome
      Triton Fountain at Piazza Barberini
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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.

Directions: metro station: Barberini/Fontana di Trevi (line A)
Phone: 09575431003

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 20, 2011
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