While two people contemplate the beauty of Bernini’s Triton Fountain, little boys play at its feet. In the background behind the fountain, “il Portonaccio” is still present, i.e. a large arch which served as the entrance to Palazzo Barberini and which gave access to the Barberini Theater (today a cinema) built by Bernini as a court theater in 1634. The arch will be later demolished for the opening of Via Barberini, formerly Via Regina Elena.

Triton Fountain

On Piazza Barberini
the sky opens, pure sapphire.
Bernini’s Triton
raises its white chest.

Gabriele D’Annunzio

  • Year: 1865
  • Photographer: Giuseppe Ninci
  • Location: Piazza Barberini
  • Source: Internet