Fontana della Barcaccia, the "leaky old boat," is a Baroque fountain in the Piazza di Spagna at the base of the magnificent Spanish Steps. The fountain was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII and was built by Pietro Bernini and his son, the great architect and sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Legend has it that the fountain was inspired by a boat that washed up after the Tiber flooded. The coat of arms of the Barberini family is carved on the fountain to remind you the Pope was a Barberini. This is an engaging fountain that children of all ages seem to love. Make sure to walk out on the stepping stones and have a refreshing drink from the fountain!
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