Centrally located, Barberini is an inner city suburb of Roma established in the mid 1600’s for the wealthy aristocratic Renaissance-era Barberini family, and is where you’ll find the Palazzo Barberini, now the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica (Museum of Ancient Art). The Fontana del Tritone (Fountain of the Triton) created by master sculptor, Bernini, is the centrepiece of Piazza Barberini. And to elevate their status even higher, one of the Barberini sons became Pope Urban VIII therefore cementing their name in 17th century Roman history.
The Fontana Del Tritone is located at intersecting major roads so crossing can be a little chaotic and dangerous, look both ways and cross with caution. Like anywhere in Italy, walking is the best way to come across hidden gems and there are many in Barberini. Walk far enough and you stumble upon the Presidential Palazzo, which is massive and takes up a whole block, and has spectacular views of Italy.
You are spoilt for choice with things to do and see around Barberini. No matter where you stay, you are only walking distance from the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, and surrounded by up-market restaurants, quaint cafes, street artists and carriage rides. The Metro, located at Piazza Barberini, will take you directly to the Colosseum. A great treat awaits as you ascend the escalator; the massive Colosseum comes into view, and is such a spectacular sight, it takes your breath away.
With all the walking you’ll be doing, you will become thirsty. Not a problem. Ornate water fountains can be found on practically every street corner in Barberini, pumping out fresh, clean, drinkable water from the mountains. And it’s free! I saved a small fortune on water while in Italy thanks to their wonderful ancient waterways.