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

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    • 1 day ago
    • "Ray"

    If it sweetens the deal, the main reason I went premium was to stop the annoying adverts. A small price to pay for less intrusions.

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    • 1 day ago
    • "Barry"

    I think I'll just remain one of the downtrodden masses of Maggie. But tx for the info.

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    • 1 day ago
    • "Ray"

    Barry. If you can save favourite cameras, take/post snapshots and save an avatar to represent you, then you are a premium member. That's pretty much all of the benefits as I see them. If it says premium by your name, it wants you to click it and join. I think its worth it, £10+ for 6 months

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • "Barry"

    Well it says Premium beside my name.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • "Barry"

    What does one get for being a premium member of which I am one??

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    • 6 days ago
    • "carol mumford"

    22.54 Action packed film being acted, but unfortunately I cannot photo it, hope that a premium member can. Be worth looking back on it.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "MEL"

    Just enjoy the views guys!!!

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • "viv"

    Not much social distancing here then?

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • "Vicky"

    If anyone is wondering what those tables and chairs are below the Spanish Steps:
    "Babingtons, the Victorian Tea Rooms at the foot of Rome's Spanish Steps, has opened a temporary outdoor space in Piazza di Spagna this summer."

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • "carol mumford"

    I do hope this comment is not deleted, but I am curious to know if the rules regarding not sitting on the steps are prominently displayed? So many seem to disregard them.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • "Bush babe"

    23h19 UK Wishing you all a healthy and safe future.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • "Lynda Fold"

    they are risking a 400 euro fine sitting on the steps

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • "Barry"

    I'll def buy her a coffee.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • "Barry"

    Yeah, highly attractive.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • "Rodney Hutton"

    Hopefully Mr. Eisenberg won't be in Rome much longer. I'll settle for Principessa Rita and perhaps she will let us see her Caravaggio at Villa Auora.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • "Barry"

    With Lewis Eisenberg to make a threesome ??