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
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Luca Dondoni

    italy, full empty

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • carol mumford

    I just cannot understand the fascination with wanting to SIT on the steps for a photo! what with the amount of folks tramping goodness knows what up and down on a daily basis. Hardly hygenic, also when the police are there, you get moved! Must be very hot on them too at the moment. I don't suppose I have much of an daring do! attitude.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Barry

    I'm sorry Rodney. I was only joking.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Rodney Hutton

    Barry, I have been using that elevator since 2004, The last time I used it was in May, 2019. It was always free. If someone was asking you for money, I would really question that and report it to the police. Incidentally, I would not get on that elevator if I were alone by myself. There is always security in numbers.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Barry

    Thank you very much Rodney. I got to the entrance of the elevator and they wanted MONEY !! Needless to say I won't be back. lol

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Rodney Hutton

    Barry, there is an elevator at the metro stop, which is to the left of the steps between the two white buildings.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Barry

    An escalator up the steps would been a boon to many.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • carol mumford

    Thank you Skyline for getting this cam going again. I miss the activity, the comings and goings and the amusing antics.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • carol mumford

    The white shirted one bunch flower seller is trying to flog his bunch again. I would give him 100% for perseverance, he tries soooo hard every night. I wonder if he ever sells any?

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Denis

    Like social distancing, there's always those who know best.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Dave Harris

    Just noticed there seems to be loads of people sitting on the steps @ 21.10 on 10/07/20 have they relaxed the rules a bit? Must be getting back to normal the 'Lucky Lucky' Guys are back with the 'Helicopter Lights'...

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Anne

    Lovely sight tonight with people sitting on the steps, just like the good old days

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • carol mumford

    I suppose this place is what you would call a modern day 'Forum'? especially at night x

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • carol mumford

    I know I shouldn't, but I just have to smile when a police car turns up and see how quickly all those sat on the steps shift!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • barbara lister

    - watching camera crew and 2 people doing what looks like Spanish dancing/ making a film on the steps just before sunrise- beautiful

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Ray

    Barry. I guess I should have looked it up before asking the question. Here is what I found on one site referring to many fountains around Rome.
    " The water for these drinking fountains comes directly from the mountains above the city. It's pure, fresh spring water. Uncontaminated with chemicals. Free from added salt. Just. Plain. Water." Direct quote
    Now I know.