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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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  • It has a strategic location because it is a place of confluence of streets of great relevaância. It also has a pleasant atmosphere. It was built in 1625 at the behest of Cardinal Francesco Barberini. In the center of the square is the Fontana del Tritoni in which the marine god Triton, supported by four dolphins, sprouts a jet of water from a shell. The fountain, made in travertine, is by the famous architect Lorenzo Bernini. On the northern corner of the square is bernini's small Fontana delle Api, ornamented with large bees that are part of the Barberini family coat of arms.
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  • It is a square just after the metro. It is a small square, but the car street is intense around, so please be careful when crossing. There was a fountain in Tritone in Bernini, and there was a constant feeling of tourists taking pictures. There is also Bernini's bee fountain just across the street.
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  • I can not forget that the rontonda is very nice and clean, it is a little far from the tourist area. This area is seen to be unique to Roma
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