"Piazza della Cancelleria (Chancellery Square) and Its Fountain (Fontana)" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Sunday 5th June 2011
Cardinal Francesco Barberini, vice-chancellor of the Church in 1632-1679, had a number of houses in front of the Palazzo della Cancelleria demolished to create an appropriate square in front of a Renaissance masterpiece. Next to Piazza Campo de’ Fiori which is the junction of Via dei Baullari, Via Giubbonari, Via del Pellegrino, and Piazza della Cancelleria.
Sixteenth-century building of Piazza della Cancelleria
The wall-fountain fed by Acqua Vergine in Piazza della Cancelleria is a work by Publio Morbiducci winner in 1928 of a competition announced by the Municipality for the replacement of ten small cast iron fountains with “artistic” fountains. The work by Morbiducci draws its inspiration from the nearby Renaissance Palazzo della Cancelleria(Chancery) and is made of travertine. The fountain stands on a small base with decorations enclosed within a triangle that presents the coat of arms of cardinal Ludovico Trevisan, better known as Mezzarota Scarampi, camerlengo (treasurer) of Eugene the Fourth Condulmer (1431-1447), who at the middle of the fifteenth century modernized and restored Palazzo della Cancelleria. The water pours from a tap that comes out of the small rosette in the coat of arms and flows into the rectangular pond below, with the inscription SPQR of the Municipality of Rome and two small pillars on its sides.
Piazza della Cancelleria (Chancellery Square) and Its Fountain (Fontana)
Piazza della Cancelleria
00186, Rome, Lazio, Vatican City State (VA), Italy
Zone: Rione Parione (Navona-Campo de' Fiori) (Roma centro)
Piazza della Cancelleria (Chancellery Square) and Its Fountain (Fontana) is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "27"
Bus: 40Exp, 46, 62, 64, 116, 571, 916.