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Fontana del Tritone, Rome

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Stop for a photo op at Fontana del Tritone, a beautiful 17th-century fountain in the middle of Piazza Barberini. Don't forget to lower the camera and really get a good look at the statue in the middle: the muscular, larger-than-life character of Triton supported by dolphin fin tails and blowing on a conch shell. The dramatic attraction celebrates the restored Acqua Felice aqueduct and provides water from the source. Add Fontana del Tritone to your Rome travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Rome vacation route planner.
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  • Rome is the city of the most beautiful fountains. The Fontana di Tritone by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, is located in Piazza Barberini in Rome, having been an order of Pope Urban VIII, an art lover and a fan of the sculptor
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  • The four dolphins with their tails up a clamshell on here Newt sounds, early January 2017 even more spectacular.
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  • The Triton fountain is a sculpture made of travertine, began and ended at the end of 1642 and 1643, in the first half of piazza Barberini, is rightly considered one of the masterpieces of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. To want the work was Pope Urban VIII Barberini, who wanted to highlight with a work of value the new Palace of his family. The fountain is named after the giant Triton represented on the valves of a huge seashell. The statue is represented upright and scaly legs of sea creature. Bernini wanted it erected impressive but represent head tilted back in an effort to blow in the great whelk (or shell tortile) supported with his arms raised upward and from which emerges with a constant water jet perfusing the whole work. According to the rules of the Baroque fountain includes with the sculptural part completely the same architectural structure, creating a unique body between the different parts: the shell on which rests the upper basin of the fountain, Triton forms the banister at the base is replaced by four dolphins with tails intertwined, including papal emblems are placed with bees , heraldic symbol of the Barberini family. A curiosity Bernini designed also a trough for use by hikers, originally placed on the square, at the corner of via Sistina, known as fountain of the bees, but today placed at the beginning of via Veneto). Downsides is traffic flowing all around.
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  • Beautiful Triton fountain in the middle of the piazza. It's a great place for a cool photo, as well as a refreshing place to sit while waiting, as you can sit on the surrounding bars and feel the splashing water.
  • A quiet square (compared to another famous fountain, Trevi) that has become the meeting point for groups and tours.
  • Rome's full of fountains so idk how to feel about this
  • It's ok. Might as well check it out if you're passing nearby. I went around late morning. Judging from the pictures it is nicer to visit at night.
  • Lovely Triton Fountain sculpted by Bernini. Looks charming at night.