Piazza di Spagna - Rome live camView 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
    • 1 month ago
    • traveler

    Thank you, hosts, for sound to go with this wonderful view! I WILL be back!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Janette MacAlister

    I just want to be there & sit on the Spanish Steps!!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    9apr19----The sculptural fountain in the shape of a half-sunken ship with water overflowing its sides into a small basin. The source of the water comes from the Acqua Vergine, an aqueduct from 19 BC. According to legends, when the Tiber River flooded in 1598, water carried a small boat into the Piazza di Spagna. When the water receded, a boat was deposited in the center of the square, and it was this event that inspired Bernini's creation. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • GM

    The lovely Spanish Steps. I can actually see them. They're not covered in people. Must have something to do with it being six in the morning. ;-) THANKS for all the great camera views and those who sponsor them!!

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Rudi

    Hey....the SOUND IS BACK!!!!!
    And over 250 online!!

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Rudi

    @Margo; i don`t know how do get here Sound!!!

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Rudi

    Is here no Sound? Piazza Venezia has Sound!!!!

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Rudi

    3 Millions of people in this POWER-CITY.......WOW....i must come to Rome!!!!

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • margo

    NO ONE READING THIS? WHY CANT WE GET THE SOUND BACK????????????????????

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • chazy

    On Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope leads a caravan from the Vatican to Piazza di Spagna, where he lays a wreath at the Colonna dell'Immacolata in front of Trinita dei Monti Church. Massive turn out by the looks of it on the cam

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    19nov18--It is NOT that the boat was UGLY, the situation the artist found the boat was. Fabulous place, come visit. and---- EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    where are the xmas trees Yan?

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Anne

    A massive crowd enjoying the steps tonight

  • avatar
    • 7 months ago
    • Ernie

    I was there in sept. 2016 when the steps where closed for cleaning and restauration.
    So we went back in april 2018 to see the steps with the beautiful flowers.
    Thanks to these webcams I can look whenever I want.

  • avatar
    • 9 months ago
    • Richard Martin

    View does have a yellowish tinge.

  • avatar
    • 9 months ago
    • Lawrence Lentz

    Is something wrong with the lens