We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“beautiful fountain”
Review of Fontana Barcaccia

Fontana Barcaccia
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
24 or 48hr Rome Hop-on Hop-off Tour with...
Ranked #169 of 1,971 things to do in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: No one knows for sure what the meaning is behind this fountain, an intriguing baroque statue of a large half-sunken ship that spouts water.
Reviewed 21 December 2012

beautiful fountain. very clean. great place to sit and people watch. just dont try to eat here because the police will see you right away and ask you to stop or leave.

Thank ryan f
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (664)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"ugly boat"
in 14 reviews
"spanish steps"
in 103 reviews
"pope urban viii"
in 8 reviews
"gian lorenzo bernini"
in 8 reviews
"nice fountain"
in 9 reviews
"small boat"
in 6 reviews
"baroque fountain"
in 5 reviews
"tiber river"
in 7 reviews
"low water pressure"
in 3 reviews
"sinking ship"
in 3 reviews
"piazza spagna"
in 3 reviews
"exact spot"
in 2 reviews
"spanish square"
in 2 reviews
"baroque style"
in 3 reviews
"take photos"
in 2 reviews
"visit rome"
in 2 reviews
in 2 reviews

157 - 161 of 664 reviews

Reviewed 20 November 2012

Eveyone's experience of Rome is completely different and whilst there are plenty of fountains around Rome, this was a really refreshing site. Consider walking almost everyone and finally walking down the spanish steps and seeing this beautiful little fountain, close enough to sit next to and feel the sprinkling of water on your face.

Its not a must be, but is a pleasant site in Rome.

Thank Hopelaa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 November 2012

The Barcaccia Fountain is at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, in the Piazza della Spagna. The fountain was sculpted by Bernini to comemorate the ending of a flood. The lower part of the fountain is eroded by the tourists who wanted to touch the fountain and to take a picture, so, be careful, because it can be slippery.

Thank menq
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 October 2012

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!

Thank SpanishStepsApt
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 6 August 2012

The Barcaccia Fountain is the shallow fountain that is at the foot of the Spanish Steps. It’s easy to ignore it since all cameras point up the steps, well above the fountain. However, the fountain is very charming and deserves attention, too. It was designed by Bernini, like many of the other fountains and statues around the city. Supposedly he was inspired by once finding a boat that had been washed up at that spot during a flooding of the Tiber River. So he designed a partially submerged boat at the foot of the Spanish Steps. It’s a beautiful little fountain—bringing to an otherwise grand setting some human spirit of the river people who might use such a little boat.

Practical Info: The best way to reach the Barcaccia Fountain and Spanish Steps is by walking up Via Condotti. Take Rome’s main thoroughfare Via del Corso, which cuts ancient/tourist Rome in half and passes near to a lot of the major sights—then head up Via Condotti towards the Spanish Steps. There are a lot of elite and fun shops on this street. However, the prices are sky-high and the merchandise isn’t really that special—just elite and with a fancy label. So, window shopping is where the fun is here. At the end of the street, the Barcaccia Fountain will be spouting before you. Also, there’s a famous McDonald’s which faces the Spanish Steps. Inside, the McDonald’s is designed like an ancient Roman villa. If you’d like a cool drink or need a bathroom stop, you might pop inside to see a rare McDonald’s.

Thank Loretta R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Fontana Barcaccia also viewed


Been to Fontana Barcaccia? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing