Piazza di Spagna - Rome live cam

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

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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
    • 6 hours ago
    • "Barry"

    It's working now.

  • avatar
    • 8 hours ago
    • "Barry"

    All I can manage to get is a still at 10.45 Greenwich.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • "Rudi"

    Sweet--- the police alone in the night..........Rom with millions of people...thats Rom Live!!!!
    Say hello to the Police!!!!

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • "cm NYC"

    ..Saw the filming Sunday morning (Rome time)- very exciting-! meanwhile- Last March I decided to call this camera view my 'window.' Look out several times a day. I'm in New York, so we are 6 hours behind. At about 5:46 am Rome time---11:46 pm New York time, I've watched the passengers , apparently from the first train arriving for the workday, spilling out on to the Piazza from the Vicolo del Bottino- and after a while, began to recognize some of them. There was one quite portly woman with white hair, who had a very distinctive gait, who never seemed to miss a workday. Then, about 4 weeks ago, she 'disappeared.'
    I'd be shocked, but had to ask- does anyone know who she is, or what's happened? I hope she's not ill! -Thanks!

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "Barry"

    Maybe I'll get a part in Mission Impossible 8 if I ain't too old. sob so

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "roger"

    Tom Cruise filming again this time walking up the steps.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "Vicky"

    Mission Impossible 7 has been filmed here the last few days :)

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "Bob Davis"

    This is my favourite camera in all of Italy. The sounds, the clarity of the camera, the location and the memories.
    Thank you Skyline for allowing me to revisit bella roma any time I have need. <3

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "MandyP"

    my comment got taken away. It was filming of Mission Impossible 7 if you look under today's date. Tom Cruise was actually there. There are stills from the film online.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "Barry"

    Or a remake of A Step too Far.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "MandyP"

    On the internet is says that Tom Cruise was in Rome last month filming Mission Impossible so it could be that.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "Barry"

    Maybe it's The Ladies in Red again.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "Alex"

    12:47 movie start to !

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "~Joy~"

    Wonder if its Mission Impossible ? lts being filmed around Europe, so possibly?

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "Alex"

    Another 007 movie? Real?

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "CyO"

    Another 007 movie