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Fontana Barcaccia

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No one knows for sure what the meaning is behind this fountain, an intriguing baroque statue of a large half-sunken ship that spouts water.
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Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy
Campo Marzio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This famous fountain in the shape of a boat was the work of Bernini. It is located at the centre of Piazza Spagna below the Spanish Steps. This is a popular spot with lots of visitors.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nellielim
Reviewed October 20, 2018

The Fontana del Tritone/Fontane di Roma was another of his works we encountered recently. And, like those, this is filled with Baroque curves and swirls and all those fun elements that make up "Baroque." We see Bernini work all over town because of Pope Urban...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

If you can find a seat, it’s a great place to sit and read or people watch. Fill your water bottle while you’re at it.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Norman B
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

It is the small centrepiece fountain on Piazza Spagna. It’s a nice fountain but almost impossible to get to or see properly as surrounded by crowds. Expected busy, so not surprised. A good photo spot looking back at the Spanish Steps.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank NinaTom
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

We spent a while working out that this is a water fountain for drinking water - it’s a bit big and ornate, so it just looks like an ornamental fountain. It’s one of those happy places in Rome that is busy but beautiful, and a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ian L
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

I noticed previous review re not being able to fill up water bottles. No such issues when we were there. Lots of people were filling op and/or drinking directly from fountain. So maybe the rules change depending on who is around? Nonetheless worthwhile to visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank WynandvDyk
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

There is now an officer preventing people from filling up water bottles. You can stand there, take a photo and touch the water. But try filling up a bottle and he will be very angry.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MurrayM126
Reviewed July 8, 2018

Depending on which books you read or websites you look at, this fountain is either known as the ugly boat fountain or the sunken boat fountain. It is at the base/bottom of the Spanish Steps. It was built by Bernini. There is an aqueduct in...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank finesilver
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

Fountain itself isn’t much but it’s a busy little area and the steps leading up to the building behind it is quite beautiful to look up at

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Robbie L
Reviewed June 11, 2018

Fontana della Barcaccia is a small fountain at the base of Spanish Steps. It is of a boat shape but always crowded with tourists and thus difficult to take a snapshot on the boat alone. You can also stroll to the nearby spots as well...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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