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Piazza Barberini, Rome

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Piazza Barberini is a large piazza in the centro storico or city center of Rome, Italy and situated on the Quirinal Hill. It was created in the 16th century but many of the surrounding buildings have subsequently been rebuilt.The current appellation was given in 1625 when it was named after the Palazzo Barberini, the substantial Baroque palace built in an elevated position on the south side of the piazza for the Barberini. Originally, there was a large entrance gateway to the palace designed by the Baroque painter and architect Pietro da Cortona on the south east corner of the piazza but this was demolished to make way for the construction of a new road in the 19th century. However, its appearance is known from engravings and early photographs of the piazza.At the centre of the piazza is the Fontana del Tritone or Triton Fountain (1642–3) sculpted by Bernini. Another fountain, the Fontana delle Api (1627–1629), also by Bernini is in the nearby Via Vittorio Veneto but it has been reconstructed somewhat arbitrarily following its removal from its previous position on the corner of a palace where the Piazza Barberini meets the Via Sistina. Until the 18th century, unknown human corpses were displayed here for public identification. Between 1632 and 1822 an antique obelisk stood here; it was transferred to Villa Medici.
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  • between the Quirinal and the Horti Sallustiani, houses two works by Bernini, in the Middle the masterpiece Triton fountain, flanked the Fontana delle Api corner of via Veneto and Barberini Palace overlooking the square that still takes its name.
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  • He took his name from the Barberini family, surrounded by armed with history, the novel takes her life of luxury, amidst the fountains with statues in and around the pool Café and restaurant other than the more familiar non-challenge.
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  • Square is a short stroll from the hotel (near the pincer gate), first met with here. Kiosk-style market, pizza shop, was Roman movie theaters, buses and so on, everyday I saw.
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  • Lovely Square with lots of great cafes and restaurants nearby. There is usually live music being played near the fountain, so you can sit there and have a listen as well. There are quite a few store and boutiques on the adjacent roads as well, if window shopping is more of your thing. Recommend going there on days that are sunny, especially the weekends.
  • Nice square, astonishing architecture. It‘s also a great start to walk through the small passages right up the hill. You can find very cute Italian places hidden on those streets!
  • Must have been 5 stars in the 60's. But today it's just a roundabout. One thing that's good to mention is that they have a chemist with late hours. Something to see? A small fountain set back dedicated to the Barbarini Pope.
  • Cool Piazza with fantastic sculpture and photo opportunity. You can get cheap or expensive food in the area as well. Your choice.
  • Ate at three places here and the food has been absolutely spectacular at all. Beautiful neighborhood.
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