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Barcaccia Fountain (Fontana della Barcaccia) Tours

Barcaccia Fountain (Fontana della Barcaccia)
Marking the center of Piazza di Spagna, the unique 17th-century Barcaccia Fountain (Fontana della Barcaccia) is one of the most famous in Rome. Commissioned by Pope Urban VIII Barberini and designed by Pietro Bernini, the fountain sits at the base of Rome’s Spanish Steps and is a popular gathering spot in the square.
 
The Basics
Barcaccia means “old boat” in Italian, and the Fontana della Barcaccia’s Baroque design of a half-sunken ship is said to be modeled on a ship that was deposited on this spot after the Tiber river flooded in 1598. The fountain features two masks on either end of the central marble boat that spout water, and motifs featuring the sun and bees taken from the Barberini family coat of arms.
 
Rome walking tours or hop-on hop-off bus tours are a great way to see the Barcaccia Fountain along with the Spanish Steps and surrounding Piazza di Spagna. You can opt for a small-group or private fountain and square tour that also includes the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona, or a Rome highlights tour that stops at other famous attractions like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon—often with skip-the-line access. For a unique look at the fountain, consider joining a small-group night tour to see the fountain dramatically lit.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sitting on and bathing in the fountain is forbidden, though you can drink the water from the fountain spouts.
  • The fountain is encircled by a low metal fence and is not accessible to wheelchair users.
  • The house where English poet John Keats lived, now a museum dedicated to his memory and works, is located just opposite the fountain.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch for peddlers who will thrust a rose or other souvenir into your hand and then demand payment.
 
How to Get There
Metro line A runs from the Termini train station to Piazza di Spagna.
 
When to Get There
Piazza di Spagna and the Barcaccia Fountain are crowded most of the day, so you'll have to visit early in the morning or late at night if you want to enjoy them in relative peace. The fountain is a good stop during the midday hours in summer, when you can take a cool drink from the spouts.
 
Waters from the Acqua Vergine
The water flowing in the Barcaccia Fountain comes from the Acqua Vergine, an aqueduct built in 19 BC that still provides clean drinking water to much of central Rome.
Address: Piazza di Spagna, Roma 00187, Italy
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Rome Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Private Sightseeing Tour Including Civitavecchia Port Drop-Off

Rome Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Private Sightseeing Tour Including Civitavecchia Port Drop-Off

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Kill a few hours before your cruise with this 3.5-hour private Rome tour. Led by your own private driver-guide, the tour takes in all the major, must-see landmarks including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Colosseum. Hear the history of the city, enjoy several photo stops, and then finish with a drop-off at Civitavecchia Port in time for your onward cruise. Luggage can be taken on this tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rome Highlights Tour | Squares and Fountains | Walking small Group experience

Rome Highlights Tour | Squares and Fountains | Walking small Group experience

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Marvel at Rome’s magnificent architecture on a 2.5-hour walking tour of the city’s historic piazzas and palazzos. Pose for photos on the iconic Spanish Steps, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and stand in awe before the mighty Pantheon, the ‘Temple of the Gods’. Stop along the way to admire the Baroque treasures of Piazza Navona, walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar on Campo de ‘Fiori and take in the views from the Vittoriano. This small-group tour is limited to 15 for a personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Fountains and Squares of Rome 2-Hour Walking Tour Semi - Private

Fountains and Squares of Rome 2-Hour Walking Tour Semi - Private

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See the main sites and hear all about their intriguing history on this info-packed and entertaining 2-hour walking tour of Rome. Get an up close and personal look at the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori and much more.
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All Rome in One Day Special Private Tour - Skip the Line, Guide, Lunch, Transfer

All Rome in One Day Special Private Tour - Skip the Line, Guide, Lunch, Transfer

Visiting Rome in one day may seem like an impossible mission. There is so much to see that it can be overwhelming deciding which sites are the most important. Not to mention all the time you can waste, navigating the public transport system and standing in line for the most famous attractions like the Colosseum and Vatican! With this private tour, you will maximize your time, focusing on Rome’s greatest hits: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona - Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. We will provide you skip the line access for all the sites, a gourmet Italian lunch, an expert private guide and a private luxury transfer to ensure your visit is interesting and time-efficient. Buy this tour and you will try the perfect mixture of the many layers of Rome in a day!
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  • 8 hours
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Private tour in Rome: Vatican, Fountains and Squares with lunch and transfers

Private tour in Rome: Vatican, Fountains and Squares with lunch and transfers

All Rome’s “must-sees” are in our package tour! The epicentre of arts and culture in one unforgettable tour: the world’s famous collections of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Sistine of St. Peter, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. Tours include a gourmet lunch in a select restaurant, door-to-door hotel pickup and drop-off and "skip the line" entrance ticket.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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The Roman Fountains Tour

The Roman Fountains Tour

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Rome has over a thousand fountains between baroque, ancient Roman fountains and modern ones. Water has always been the real strength of this city. It is the x factor that gave power to this city and allowed it to grow, develop and renovate throughout the centuries. In this 3 hour tour we are going to discover some of the Fountains that still receive water from the Roman Aqueducts. We are going to have a look at the story behind this magnificent fountains and the beautiful squares that welcome all of them.
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  • 3 hours
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Best of Rome | Walking small Group Tour Colosseum and the Highlights of Rome

Best of Rome | Walking small Group Tour Colosseum and the Highlights of Rome

Explore the Eternal City on a half-day small-group walking tour with skip-the-line admission to the Colosseum. Learn about the 2,000-year history of Rome as you see famous landmarks like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and more. Avoid the long lines of the Colosseum and explore the ancient amphitheater and learn about the gladiator fights that took place within its walls.
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  • 6 hours
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7 iconic sights of Rome within 3 hours - walking tour

7 iconic sights of Rome within 3 hours - walking tour

Visit 7 of the Most Iconic eye-pleasing sights in Rome within 3-4 hours walking tour. The Iconic sights you visit on this tour: Spanish Steps:  This is one of the most beautiful, historically enriched tourist attractions of Rome. The local Romans and tourists from around the world mix here on these beautiful steps. You didn’t need an introduction to this place, do you? Barcaccia Fountain: You will feel the peace this beautiful fountain brings to your heart just from looking at it. Pantheon of Rome: A signature ancient Romans left for the rest of history and world, this is the most well preserved Roman architectural accomplishment. Piazza Navona: a place filled with Baroque arts. Also, the very romantic fountain of four rivers made by the famous sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini is here as well. Campo de ‘Fiori: Just a colorful Italian market. Vittoriano: The monument to the first king of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II of Savoy.
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Rome in a day:Colosseum, Fountains & Squares Private Tour with Transfers & Lunch

Rome in a day:Colosseum, Fountains & Squares Private Tour with Transfers & Lunch

Have limited time to see Rome’s highlights? This private tour is for you! It allows you to visit the best attractions of Rome in one day - Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Navona Square - and dedicate the rest of your holiday to shopping and wandering around. Explore the city where the new and the old are in constant conversation by a comfortable private car and with one of our acknowledged guide telling you many interesting aspects. It includes: - pick up and drop off by private car with chauffeur; - enthusiastic certified guides who will give you numerous details, fun facts, curiosities and anecdotes about the places you’ll visit; - skip the line entrance ticket to Colosseum and Forum; - Italian lunch. Pack all of your stress away and buy this tour!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Rome Highlights | Walking Tour Squares and Fountains & Hop-on Hop-off open Bus

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Discover several landmarks in Rome during a walking tour focused on art history and architecture. See top sites in the Eternal City including the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Combine this walking tour with a ticket for the hop-on, hop-off bus. Maximize time with a ticket valid for either 24 or 48 hours.
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  • 2 days
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Exclusive Rome Half Day| Colosseum, Squares and Fountains Walking Guided Tour

Exclusive Rome Half Day| Colosseum, Squares and Fountains Walking Guided Tour

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Discover two different sides of the Eternal City when you book this two-for-one, half-day tour of Rome. Begin at the UNESCO-listed Colosseum, where skip-the-line access lets you bypass the crowds. Put on an audio headset so you can hear your guide’s every word, and learn more about this ancient masterpiece. Following a break, find your way to Trajan's Column and embark on an early-evening walking tour of Rome’s major attractions, from the Trevi Fountain to Piazza Navona.
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  • 4 hours
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Full experience | Walking City Center plus Vatican Museum small Group Tour

Full experience | Walking City Center plus Vatican Museum small Group Tour

Explore Rome’s historic city center and Vatican City on this half-day walking tour. See famous landmarks like the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and more. Then head to Vatican City and skip the long lines to dive right into the history and artifacts of the Vatican museums including the Tapestry Gallery and the Belvedere Courtyard, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
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  • 5 hours
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Premium Rome Walking Tour: The Most Beautiful Fountains and Squares

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A Rome Private Walking Tour is the best way to appreciate the beauty of the city centre: Ancient Rome remains, romantic fountains, splendid churches and famous Squares, whose images never stop going around the world. Along the way, you will find out the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and many other sites still. Explore the Eternal City by walking with us!
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  • 3 hours
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3-Hour Roman Baroque Caput Mundi Walking Tour

3-Hour Roman Baroque Caput Mundi Walking Tour

See Rome’s spectacular Baroque sites on a three-hour walking tour that explores Roman squares, fountains, palaces, and churches from the 17th and 18th centuries. With an expert guide to help bring the architecture to life, you’ll see top highlights that include the Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and more, using a headset so you don’t miss a word as you walk. This 3-hour Roman Baroque walking tour is led by an art historian guide, and it’s limited to 15 people for a more personal experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Rome 3 hours Walking Tour with Licensed Expert Local Guide

Rome 3 hours Walking Tour with Licensed Expert Local Guide

Meet a licensed expert tour guide in the centre of Rome, Piazza di Spagna, at the bottom of the Spanish steps. This small-group walking tour is designed to cover in 3 hours the Rome's most significant squares, statues and fountains, or the Renaissance and Baroque, between: • Spanish Steps • Trevi Fountain • Pantheon • Navona Square Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people for an intimate sightseeing experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Rome's Squares and Fountains Private Tour - The celebration of the water

Rome's Squares and Fountains Private Tour - The celebration of the water

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Get an in-depth look at some of Rome's most public art with this private 3-hour walking tour of the city's famous squares and fountains. Join a guide with expertise in archaeology and art history to learn about some of Rome's hidden treasures of art and history. Enjoy the personalized attention of the guide for just for you and your group.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Rome Sightseeing Private Tour: Best of Rome' Fountains and Squares

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Get to know the Eternal City with a 3-hour introductory walking tour of Rome. Learn about some of Rome's famous history, art, and architecture from a knowledgeable guide to begin your visit to the city.
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  • 3 hours
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Vicus Caprarius - the City of Water

Vicus Caprarius - the City of Water

See the structures of an imperial era "domus", the "castellum aquae" of the Vergine Aqueduct and many fascinating finds, including the famous face of Alessandro helios. On a journey back in time, it will be possible to touch the millennial stratification of Rome and observe the archaeological evidence of the great events that characterized the history of the city. After the visit to the City of Water, you will return to the Trevi Fountain, the great baroque masterpiece, to continue your journey to Triton Fountain, carved by the notable Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Going on toward Piazza Mignanelli you will notice one of the characteristic public fountains of Rome known as Nasone. Then you will reach the Spanish Step and the Barcaccia Fountain. Strolling on Via del Babuino you will see one of the six statues of Rome representing Silenus, nicknamed by Romans “babbuino” which means baboon. At the end, you will reach Via Margutta where you can admire the Fountain of Arts.
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Rome 3 hours Walking Tour with Licensed Expert Local Guide

Rome 3 hours Walking Tour with Licensed Expert Local Guide

Meet a licensed expert tour guide in the centre of Rome, Piazza di Spagna, at the bottom of the Spanish steps. This small-group walking tour is designed to cover in 3 hours the Rome's most significant squares, statues and fountains, or the Renaissance and Baroque, between: • Spanish Steps • Trevi Fountain • Pantheon • Navona Square
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  • Free Cancellation
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3 hours Walking Tour in Rome with Expert Local Guide

3 hours Walking Tour in Rome with Expert Local Guide

Meet a licensed expert tour guide in the centre of Rome, Piazza di Spagna, at the bottom of the Spanish steps. This small-group walking tour is designed to cover in 3 hours the Rome's most significant squares, statues and fountains, or the Renaissance and Baroque, between: • Spanish Steps • Trevi Fountain • Pantheon • Navona Square
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  • Free Cancellation
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Rome 3 hours Walking Tour with Licensed Expert Local Guide

Rome 3 hours Walking Tour with Licensed Expert Local Guide

Meet a licensed expert tour guide in the centre of Rome, Piazza di Spagna, at the bottom of the Spanish steps. This small-group walking tour is designed to cover in 3 hours the Rome's most significant squares, statues and fountains, or the Renaissance and Baroque, between: • Spanish Steps • Trevi Fountain • Pantheon • Navona Square Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people for an intimate sightseeing experience.
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