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
    • 1 week ago
    • James McIntosh

    Yes if the authorities put a load of benches in this area people would sit on them Instead of the steps. Seempl!

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Bob Davis

    22:00 local time and no one to guard the steps. People are sitting!! haha
    I'm glad I was able to visit before this law was passed. It was a great spot to sit, after a long day of walking, and people watch.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Heidi

    Haha well done James, glad I could be of help. I feel like an elf :)

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • James McIntosh

    Yes Heidi I've bought some already. Got them for my partners grandkids but I might like them as well!

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Heidi

    James McIntosh... I hope you're not buying Christmas presents already!

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • sky

    Police and moral guardians are too kind to the disrespectful people lounging around on the stairs and other cultural assets.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • James McIntosh

    Sounds like an idea for Xmas present! Thanks Heidi.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Heidi

    James the things they throw up are helicopter LED toys. They work like helicopter leaves and yes they do go high, I just got back from Tenerife and the kids were launching them everywhere :)

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • James McIntosh

    Wedding couple with cameras and people all crowded round while the refuse collector and his truck yards away emptying the bins. Ah it's life Jim but not as we know it! It may be your big day but the world goes on around you....

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • James McIntosh

    What are the things they chuck in the air and have a blue light?
    They seem to take no effort to go up a good height.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Teddy Bayer

    Thanks for that take Sky. That makes sense as I can't see any difference in the other views of the steps.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • sky

    Hello
    Teddy Bayer, i think the illumination is the same, but after the break of round two weeks there is a new type of camera with a higher lightsensitive sensor mounted.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • CC

    You're right Teddy Bayer, it's like they put 1000 watt light bulbs all over that plaza! Wonder why they did that? Nobody could slip around there unnoticed---I wonder if it had something to do with crime? Or maybe, it's so the security can be sure nobody is sitting on the steps even in the wee hours of the night...

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Teddy Bayer

    Wow, seems so much lighter on the steps tonight, morning. 3:24

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • sky

    Happy to see working cam again. Thanks to the operators!

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • PMM

    17.09.19. The security guys and gals seem to be on a losing battle telling people they aren’t allowed to sit on the steps anymore!