"Piazza Barberini" Piazza Barberini Tip by alloquisha
Piazza Barberini, Rome: 5 reviews and 7 photos
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)
Address: Piazza Barberini
Directions: From the Vittorio Emanuele Monument:
Go up the Via del Corso then turn left onto Via del Tritone - this will lead you directly to the Piazza.
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