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Fontana Dei Tritoni, Rome

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Fontana del Tritone is a seventeenth-century fountain in Rome, by the Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Commissioned by his patron, Pope Urban VIII, the fountain is located in the Piazza Barberini, near the entrance to the Palazzo Barberini that Bernini helped to design and construct for the Barberini, Urban's family. This fountain should be distinguished from the nearby Fontana dei Tritoni by Carlo Francesco Bizzaccheri in Piazza Bocca della Verità which features two Tritons.The fountain was executed in travertine in 1642 - 43. At its centre rises a larger than lifesize muscular Triton, a minor sea god of ancient Greco-Roman legend, depicted as a merman kneeling on the sum of four dolphin tailfins. His head is thrown back and his arms raise a conch to his lips; from it a jet of water spurts, formerly rising dramatically higher than it does today. The fountain has a base of four dolphins that entwine the papal tiara with crossed keys and the heraldic Barberini bees in their scaly tails.
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  • Beautiful fountain finely decorated. It is a short walk from the famous mouth of truth. The rest of the area with nearby park is also really beautiful and should be absolutely visited.
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  • The fountain is inspired by the Tritone project created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Francesco Carlo Bizzaccheri designed a bathtub inspired by the eight-pointed star of the Albani family's coat of arms. In the center, on a large rock, emerge its newts with intertwined tails that, turning their backs, support a large shell topped by a trimony from which comes a gust of water.
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  • The fountain of the Tritons is located in the center of Rome, a few tens of meters from the Tiber, in the square of the Mouth of Truth between the basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and the temple of Hercules Winner. The construction was wanted by Pope Clement XI and the work is due to Carlo Francesco Bizzaccheri during the works of fixing the square in front of the basilica. The entire structure, in travertine, is placed on a circular step and, inside the aforementioned step, the main tank is represented by an octagon and in the middle you notice a group of rocks and two newts with the papal coat of arms in the center. Unfortunately, being placed today in a very busy spot, you notice it little and certainly not as it deserves, constituting a real sin especially if accompanied by an incipient carelessness, a feature now common to many works and monuments of Rome. Surely it deserves a greater emphasis and a greater attention on the part of a conscious tourism that is superficially limited only to the neighboring and tourist mouth of truth , the same tourism that also avoids visiting the beautiful Santa Maria in Cosmedin of which the scenic but superficial Mouth of Truth constitutes a (minimum but famous) part of the outer portica.
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  • Clean , airy park , great place in the morning .
  • Decent fountain outside the mouth of truth. It was shut down the other day though. Not sure when it will reopen.
  • My favourite roman fountain. Incredible how two tritons are holding that huge basin
  • Beautiful to walk past
  • Beside the mouth of true, nice to see if you are around.
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