We also saw plenty of bees in Rome. The one above is at the Palazzo Barberini, while the Fountain of Bees (Fontana delle Api) below is in the nearby Piazza Barberini.
The bee is a symbol of the Barberini family. The fountain is by the great sculptor Bernini and has three bees towards the base of the shell. It was made in 1644 for the Barberini pope Urban VIII.