Il Babuino is a mixed materials (the head is in marble, the body in some other more tender stone, and it it quite corroded) statue decorating a fountain placed in Via del Babuino (the street takes its name from the statue itself), in Rome. It is called "il babuino" (the baboon), as it is so ugly and misshaped that it could be mistaken for a monkey, but it really represents a mythological figure, a sileno.
It is right on the sidewalk, and not in any building you need to access, so you can see it at any time of day or night without any fees or restrictions.
It is a very popular statue, and Romans are quite fond of it even though it certainly isn't pretty!
Because of its ugliness, it became quite popular among the Romans, who used it to post on it their comments and criticisms to the powerful and rich citizens of Rome. This is why it is a talking statue: it voiced the opinion of the people of Rome.
Italian, lived in Rome