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
    • 7 hours ago
    • user80304485

    Does anyone have any idea what the drill/coffee grinder sound is that we hear on this cam now and again?

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • James McIntosh

    Police checking some pedestrians paperwork. Not sure if you're allowed to walk about or not just now.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • Charles Groth

    Shame on you franco2 you need to put your head in the sand like all of your buddies. America is not behind this Virus what do you think we want to get sick ourselves. CRAZY.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • maggie

    When are the moderators going to shut down the rantings of this person?
    franco2 ( interesting handle, fond of dictators ?) this not the time for such conspiratory theories!
    get a grip, pray for your fellow human beings, which in turn will be good for your soul.
    Peace and love x

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • franco2

    Thanks Maria, I will stop here!
    ... "And yet it moves" (Galileo Galilei - 1633) ...

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • JackV

    Maria, our buddy Franco is apparently spewing his poison on multiple sights. It won't do much good to try reason to deal with "him". I expect that more of his ilk will appear in the coming weeks. I agree with your call to have skyline expunge hate from their sites. Until they do my counter is the simple posts will be that Franco equals poison.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • maria rodgers

    Franco, i think you should read skylines rules on posts that are not acceptable, These posts of yours are not. Please stop!

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • franco2

    Dear lynn james,
    the coronavirus pandemic is not a simple infection born by chance.
    We are witnessing a full-blown bacteriological war against China. and non-aligned countries.
    Which government in the world has an interest in ruining China's health and economy, without thinking about the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives?
    The American government believes he is the sheriff of the world, and has caused millions of victims in states that do not bow to his will.
    Remember the false accusations against Iraq for alleged weapons of mass destruction, which have turned out to be an excuse to attack him and cause hundreds of thousands of deaths (mostly innocent women and children).
    But now the boomerang is returning to America.

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • Paul Glover

    Maggie and Maria Rogers, Thanks for the information. I thought that might be the case
    but was not sure.
    Paul the UK

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • lynn james

    Really franco2? What's the matter with you? Americans are now dying too because of the CHINA virus and we're just getting started. Who knows how many lives we will lose. But this in NOT on our conscience.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Jetzen

    I want to add that I love everyone, but I have no tolerance for injustice of any kind.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Susie

    Maria, I wholely agree with your comments of respecting all humanity and blaming no one . Thank you !

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Jetzen

    If the Chinese government had been honest and open about the outbreak of Covid-19 from the beginning (back in late November) and not refused aid from the outside world, the disease could have been contained and cut by 95%, thus sparing the world this pandemic. The USA and other countries continuously offered their aid and expertise, but it was repeatedly refused by the Chinese government. Now, the Chinese government is using propaganda to pin this pandemic on the USA so as to deflect the responsibility from themselves. As well, China's motives in aiding Covid-19 stricken countries with medical aid is as much a part of a campaign to ease global criticism of the negligent way in which they handled the situation (and as much a way to spare themselves financial repercussions to the rest of the world). In the throws of the outbreak of Covid-19, the Chinese government knowingly allowed a festival to take place in Wuhan, which exacerbated and further spread the disease within their own country. The Chinese govt knowingly allowed their citizens to travel far and wide outside of China. Now, China has had the gall to criticize Italy for having been irresponsible! China's present aid to Italy (and other stricken countries) is the very least that they can do! China's totalitarian, serious Human Rights violating government has a lot to answer for.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • maria rodgers

    Susie, Actually the comment has switched to another site, how odd

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • maria rodgers

    i have nothing but respect for everyone, and i would not dream on blaming anyone for this global disaste

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • maria rodgers

    Susie, i made a comment similar to yours and got deleted, the mind boggles! That comment from Franco is still on?