Fontana delle Api del Bernini, Rome

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Fontana delle Api (Fountain of the Bees) is a fountain located in the Piazza Barberini in Rome where the Via Veneto enters the piazza. It was sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and completed in April 1644.


Fontana delle Api consists of a marble bi-valve shell with three bees of the same material resting on it. The fountain was intended to be a watering trough for horses. An inscription on the shell reads, "Urban VIII Pont. Max., having built a fountain for the public ornamentation of the City, also built this little fountain to be of service to private citizens. In the year 1644, XXI of his pontificate." The "public ornamentation" referred to in the inscription is the Fontana del Tritone (Triton Fountain), which Bernini had completed the year before.
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  • Ignore those who rate it average or merely very good, this is an exceptional small fountain and well worth spending a few moments admiring.  more »
  • Spotted this little fountain on our way to lunch. Looks like bees on a clan shell. Not as grand as other fountains but still worth a visit.  more »
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  • Loved the whole trip. This is an example of the small treasures of tRome
  • Beautiful fountain with bees and a shell. It is hidden in a corner of Piazza Barberini. It is clean drinking water.
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