May 20th is World Bee Day, which celebrates the birth of Anton Janša, the Slovenian pioneer of beekeeping, who was born in 1734.
Thanks to the extensive patronage of Pope Urban VIII (r. 1623-44), Rome is home to hundreds of images of bees. Pope Urban VIII was a member of the Barberini family, whose coat of arms is made up of a triad of bees. The Barberini bees can be seen buzzing about all over the city, on churches, fountains, monuments and palaces.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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