Piazza di Spagna. Le ragioni del fascino - Rome, Italy
Posted by: manchanegra
N 41° 54.350 E 012° 28.940
33T E 291178 N 4642386
Quick Description: The Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous landmarks in Rome located at the base of the also famous Spanish Steps.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 11/22/2011 3:00:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMD5PQ
The Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous landmarks in Rome. It´s located at the base of the also famous Spanish Steps and it´s one of the favourite places in Rome for locals and Tourists.
In the middle of the piazza is the Early Baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia ("Fountain of the Old Boat"), built in 1627-29 and often credited to Pietro Bernini, father of a more famous son, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who is recently said to have collaborated on the decoration. The elder Bernini had been the pope's architect for the Acqua Vergine, since 1623. According to an unlikely legend, Pope Urban VIII had the fountain installed after he had been impressed by a boat brought here by a flood of the Tiber river.
In the piazza, at the corner on the right as one begins to climb the steps, is the house where English poet John Keats lived and died in 1821; it is now a museum dedicated to his memory, full of memorabilia of the English Romantic generation. On the same right side stands the 15th century former cardinal Lorenzo Cybo de Mari's palace, now Ferrari di Valbona, a building altered in 1936 to designs by Marcello Piacentini, the main city planner during Fascism, with modern terraces perfectly in harmony with the surrounding baroque context.
The Book "Piazza di Spagna. Le ragioni del fascino" is about the architecture and art of this magnificent landmark of Rome and it´s surrounding area. It was published by Elio di Rosa in 2002.
ISBN Number: 9788873690412
Author(s): Cecilia Mazzetti di Pietralata
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