Fontana del Tritone is a seventeenth-century fountain in Rome, by the Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Commissioned by his patron, Pope Urban VIII, the fountain is located in the Piazza Barberini, near the entrance to the Palazzo Barberini that Bernini helped to design and construct for the Barberini, Urban's family. This fountain should be distinguished from the nearby Fontana dei Tritoni by Carlo Francesco Bizzaccheri in Piazza Bocca della Verità which features two Tritons.The fountain was executed in travertine in 1642 - 43. At its centre rises a larger than lifesize muscular Triton, a minor sea god of ancient Greco-Roman legend, depicted as a merman kneeling on the sum of four dolphin tailfins. His head is thrown back and his arms raise a conch to his lips; from it a jet of water spurts, formerly rising dramatically higher than it does today. The fountain has a base of four dolphins that entwine the papal tiara with crossed keys and the heraldic Barberini bees in their scaly tails.Take a look at our Rome journey builder to schedule your visit to Fontana del Cane and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Create an itinerary including Fontana del Cane
Plan your trip to Rome
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Rome
See all ›
See all ›
Hidden gems in Rome
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Rome
Plans to Fontana del Cane by other users
41 days in Rome BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Rome BY A USER FROM UKRAINE January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 28 days in Rome BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 28 days in Rome & Pompeii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: June, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium