ROME — Via Vittorio Veneto & Piazza Barberini

The hillsides surrounding this area used to be covered with vegetable gardens and vineyards with lanes and pathways leading into the Palazzo Barberini. Today there is nothing left of this tranquil oasis in this very noisy area. The large arch on the right of the piazza, just past the cinema was part of the entrance into the Barberini family theatre. In the centre of the piazza is the Fountain of the Triton designed by Bernini.

The sights found here are:
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Concezione
Palazzo Barberini
Piazza Barberini
Fontana del Tritone
Via Vitorrio Veneto

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Concezione
The main attraction of this church is found in the Capuchin cemetery under the church. Here you will find a most extraordinary sight — everything is made of the bones of about 4,000 Capuchin friars.
For further information visit the website at http://www.cappucciniviaveneto.it

Palazzo Barberini

Palazzo Barberini
This palace was designed by Maderno, and built for Maffeo Barberini, who became pope with the title of Urban VIII. On Maderno’s death, Gian Lorenzo Bernini took control of the building. The great hall was decorated by Pietro da Cortona to exalt the glory of the papal family. You will find a gallery here that includes the works of Giulio Romano, Raffaello Sanzio, Perugino, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Tiepolo, Hans Holbein and Poussin.
For further information visit the website at http://www.galleriaborghese.it/barberini/en/einfo.htm

Piazza Barberini
This large piazza is found at the bottom of Via Vittoria Veneto and is named after the Barberini family which was one of Rome’s greatest families. It is one of the busiest traffic centres in Rome.

Fontana del Tritone

Fontana del Tritone
This fountain, located near the entrance of the Palazzo Barberini is a masterpiece by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The fountain is made of travertine marble and depicts Triton ( a minor sea god) kneeling on an opened scallop shell. Triton has his head thrown back and is drinking from a conch shell where a jet of water spurts out. There are four dolphins at the base of the fountain. The fountain was commissioned by Pope Urban V111 (Bernini’s patron) in 1642 to provide water from the Acqua Felice aqueduct.

Via Vittorio Veneto

Via Vittorio Veneto
This was the setting for much of the Fellini film La Dolce Vita. Once the playground of film stars it is now home to tourists and the US embassy in the Palazzo Margherita.