Gate Keepers, Rome
These imposing figure gaurd the entrance the Palazzo Barberini . This stunning palace owes its famous baroque design to the collaborative efforts of two of Italy’s most celebrated sculptors and designers, Bernini and Borromini. Nearly 400 years old, the Barberini is celebrated as much for its architecture as it is for its vast collection of works by some of Italy’s most venerated painters, including Caravaggio, Raphael, Fra Angelico and Pietro da Cortona. Walking Borromini’s spiral staircase or gazing up at Pietro da Cortona’s most prized work “The Triumph of Divine Providence” …. and watch out for those Barberini Bees!