Piazza di Spagna - Rome live cam
View of Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish Steps and Bernini’s Fountain of the Ugly Boat

Piazza di Spagna - Rome

Piazza di Spagna is one of Rome’s busiest squares; this marvelous urban setting and favorite evening hangout is named after the Spanish Embassy located in front of the massive Column of the Immaculate Conception.

Initially suburban, the area was first used as a rest stop for horse carriages and foreigners before entering Rome; the increased traffic favored the flourishing of a vivid intellectual scene attracting writers and artists from all around. This thriving cultural hub and crossroads soon brought to the construction of hotels, businesses and prestigious buildings that to date continue to surround the square.

The peculiar Fountain of the Ugly Boat sculpted by Pietro Bernini in white travertine stone – clearly visible via our live webcam - can be found at “center stage”. The fountain, the very first functioning with water running from Rome’s Aqua Virgo Aqueduct, takes the form of the so called “barcacce”, traditional boats used in the nearby port of Ripetta for the transportation of wine; although, it is also of popular belief that the fountain is a recreation of an odd looking boat that washed up during the flood of 1598.

Sitting elegantly in front of the city’s most curious fountain are the beautiful Spanish Steps; 135 travertine steps - designed by Francesco De Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi – connect the Spanish Embassy to Trinità dei Monti, a church dating back to the 16th century commissioned by King Louis XII of France. The stairway was inaugurated by Pope Benedict XIII during the 1725 Jubilee. At the top of the Spanish Steps stands the impressive Sallustian Obelisk. Last, but not least, Rome’s Piazza di Spagna is also home to the Palace of the Propagation of the Faith designed by celebrated Architects Bernini e Borromini.

The city’s most crowded and popular shopping streets, such as Via dei Condotti, Via del Babuino, all come together in Piazza di Spagna; after leisurely strolls locals enjoy evenings in the square, long talks and drinks on the Spanish Steps!

 

Come spend your lazy afternoons in Rome, Piazza di Spagna awaits! Start daydreaming with all our live cams broadcasting from the square now!

Fun Facts

On the bottom right-hand side of the Spanish Steps stands the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, in this building John Keats spent his last months; weakened by tuberculosis Keats and friend Joseph Severn moved to Italy chasing warmer weather, the poet died on February 23rd 1821 at the age of 25, he was buried in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome.

Cam on-line since: 06/12/2013

Comments

  • avatar
    • 24 minutes ago
    • Ray

    Also, I’ve seen people drinking from the fountain at the front of the boat. Is it spring water and safe, or do people risk it?

  • avatar
    • 29 minutes ago
    • Ray

    I wonder how many ‘selfies’ are taken on these steps every day. Even now, as quiet as it is compared to other years, I’ve seen dozens and dozens in a few minutes. If the authorities could charge a penny for every selfie opportunity on the step, they’d make millions. £££

  • avatar
    • 2 hours ago
    • Barry

    I think I'd go there just to sit on the steps for photographs.

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Hanna Astephan

    Roma! This is what I always wanted to see.
    Hanna.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Paul

    Wait and see what happens when the police come back and see the people sitting on the steps!

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Ray

    First time I’ve seen this camera when it looks cold and wet. People in big coats.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Bob Davis

    It must be quite nice for the locals not having to deal with the throngs of tourists.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • MEL

    This is not Facebook guys.... chill out and enjoy the views.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Deborah Schroeder

    What seems so wrong, Lynn, is that they were made in China in the first place. I so wish countries could be more self sufficient.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Barry

    Odds are if they're not made in China they will be fakes.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • lynn james

    So I was finally able to get my first box of masks since February. I got them from Sam's Club and one guess where they were made. China. Ordered another box online, different company, still made in China. That seems wrong.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • carol mumford

    No shortages of 'extra's' I take it for the myriad of films that are shot here! Another production under way 22.44 ish. Plenty of 'close up's' too!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Dave Harris

    Life returning to some sort of normality, the 'sitting Police' are out and about and busy..... Policing the Palm tree area as well by the looks of it...

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • user.elvis1956

    18.13pm local time total madness

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Hanna Astephan

    Our beloved forever Rome!
    As a safe strategy one must consider that whoever around him/her is a virus suspect and acts accordingly.
    We need you all to be safe and healthy. Take care of yourself.
    Hanna.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Barry

    It only has high of 28 today. Who'd want to be there ??