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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    • 2 days ago
    • James McIntosh

    Late evening and guy moved from steps. Three policemen. How about arresting some pickpockets or proper criminals ..eh!?

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Paul

    If anyone is interested people are now sitting on the steps and no police

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Paul

    Hi james, I was watching at 4.30 uk time this morning and apart from a guy exercising up and down the steps it was very quiet! However there was still a police vehicle there!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • James McIntosh

    There is plenty of space for the authorities to put benches in to sit on but this doesn't seem to occur to them.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Rodney Hutton

    The Spanish Steps are much more enjoyable after people were prohibited from sitting on the steps. Previously, it was difficult to ascend or descend the steps. The steps serve a purpose, and that is not a resting place for tourists.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Denis

    This seems such a threatening place. Today three police cars parked up and three 'step wardens' patrolling.
    What exactly is the danger?

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • James McIntosh

    Proper police patrolling the steps today. Wish my local high street was as well patrolled!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • James McIntosh

    Yes . Dodgy elastic band!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • sky

    @ James McIntosh
    Clear case for warranty or guarantee!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • James McIntosh

    I bought some of these illuminated helicopter toys you see people shooting high up into the air, but mine don't go half as high!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • James McIntosh

    Just noticed the four columns at the bottom of the steps don't have any fineals on top of them. Where were the step police when they disappeared?!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Anne

    So much rain place is so quiet

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Jetzen

    Also... Christmas songs by modern artists. Example: John Lennon's "And So This is Christmas".....

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Jetzen

    Evening of 20th of December, 2019, a brass band--positioned on the Spanish Steps--is playing classic pieces as well as traditional Christmas music to a large gathering of visitors. Bravo!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Anne

    The place is almost deserted tonight but last night it was crowded very strange

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Jetzen

    Buon Natale!