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2011/12/14

Fontana delle Api - Fountain of the Bees

La Fontana delle Api si trova a Piazza Barberini ed è opera del Bernini (come la più famosa Fontanta del Tritone).
Venne commissionata nel 1644 da Papa Urbano VIII per uso pubblico (ad es. per far abbeverare i cavalli).

L’acqua zampilla da tre piccole api (simbolo della famiglia d Papa Urbano VIII) situate sulla cerniera tra le due valve della conchiglia che costituiscono la fontana.
All’epoca la fontana era alimentata da una piccola cisterna che raccoglieva l’acqua di scarico della Fontana del Tritone.

I Romani notarono subito che le api succhiavano molta più acqua dalla vasca del Tritone, di quanta ne restituivano (chiara allusione alle ingenti tasse con ben pochi benefici al popolo)
The Fountain of the Bees is located in Piazza Barberini and it is work of Bernini (as the famous Fountain of the Triton).
It was commissioned in 1644 by Pope Urban VIII for public use (eg. To water the horses).

The water gushing from three small bee (the symbol of the family of Pope Urban VIII) located on the hinge between the two halves of the shell that make up the fountain.
At the time the fountain was powered by a small tank which collected water from the exhaust of the Triton fountain.

The Romans noticed immediately that the bees sucking more water from the tank of the Triton, than it gave back (a clear allusion to the large fees with little benefit to the people)


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8 comments:

  1. beautiful fountain, what a history it has!

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  2. Thank you Tania.

    I think there are more fountains in Rome and throughout the rest of Italy

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  3. Calling by to visit as another Watery Wednesday participant, Roma has so many beautiful fountains.

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  4. Hello Lindy, is a bit strange to read a commentary in English by someone who lives in Italy (and not too far from Rome).
    Thanks for visiting!
    :-)

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