Piazza di Spagna - Rome live camCharming view over Piazza di Spagna. At the foot of the Spanish Steps, the Fountain of the Ugly Boat by Bernini

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Bosnyák Károly

    You can not go close to the Ugly Boath, just like to the Trevi Fountain.
    11/2/2017 00:42

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • ganni

    Grazie a Skylinewebcam per la nova webcam.
    https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/italia/sicilia/ragusa/marina-ragusa.html

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    • 1 month ago
    • Gavin

    Do the steps take you up to Spain ?

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    • 1 month ago
    • Gert

    Something going on on the steps? I wonder what it is?

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    • 1 month ago
    • joe

    hi will waving at dad 1.06 am

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • TS71

    Hello from Sunny South Florida :)
    Looks like a lot of fun here.

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    • 2 months ago
    • DeLeo

    Hi from NY, Looking good in Roma.

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    • 3 months ago
    • daddyfixit

    we were here on 4th August, 43c in the afternoon !!! ended up filling my hat with water from the tap in the boat to try and cool down ! roll on next year for the same sort of weather...

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    • 3 months ago
    • Gwynn H

    Big crowd for before 6am. Maybe filming something?

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    • 3 months ago
    • Catherine Sunter

    Hate seeing those poor horses still out at 23.45 waiting for the tourists. Not nice.

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    • 4 months ago
    • Garret

    ЗВУК!!!!!!! Срочно

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    • 5 months ago
    • margo

    WITHOUT THE SOUND IS NO GOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 5 months ago
    • Anne

    That's what I was thinking Gert how much better would that be

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    • 5 months ago
    • Gert

    Looks like a Military band playing, too bad the SOUND DOESN'T WORK!

Piazza di Spagna - Rome

Piazza di Spagna is one of the most beautiful and elegant squares in Rome, an illustrious landmark and a symbol of the Eternal City, the pleasant combination of the monumental staircase, the famous Spanish Steps (scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) with the Church, the Fountain of the Ugly Boat (Fontana della Barcaccia) and the imposing Column of the immaculate Conception (Colonna dell'Immacolata Concezione) makes it one of the most famous tourist attractions of the world.

Shaped like a butterfly, it is located on the Pincian Hill and was originally named after the Spanish Embassy situated in the square; Piazza di Spagna is one of the most stunning scenarios in Rome, not only as masterpiece of extraordinary beauty but from the 16th century also as favourite meeting place for many artists, intellectuals, writers, film directors and stylists all attracted by its charm; the square is embellished by monuments with a high cultural and historical value admired everyday by hundreds of tourists from all over the world; the early baroque fountain called Fountain of the Ugly Boat (1629) just below the Spanish Steps dominates the whole square; commissioned by Pope Urban VIII (the emblems of the papal family and Barberini crest are clearly represented) and designed by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, it was named after a weird old boat landed here during the aggressive flood of 1598; tourists and locals love to stay here for a little bit or flock to the Spanish Steps to sit and relax; this wonderful stairway designed by Francesco De Sanctis (1723-1726), is made up of 135 stunning travertine steps, beautifully maintained, it is often adorned with colourful fresh flowers; the final execution was preceded by great debates over how to fill the enormous space around, the solution was a magnificent work enriched by scenic effects and deep perspectives according to the guidelines of the greatest baroque architecture. The stairway was commissioned and inaugurated by Pope Benedict XIII during the 1725 Jubilee, originally built to connect the Church Trinità dei Monti on the top of the hill with the Spanish Embassy, it offers today unrivaled views over the square and a large part of the city. This lovely church, dating back to the 16th century, is located in Campus Martius (Campo Marzio) in an imposing position above the Spanish Steps, designed by Carlo Maderno and commissioned by the king Louis XII of France, it was consecrated at the end of the same century; noteworthy are the famous façade with its two perfectly symmetrical bell towers and the Sallustiano Obelisk (Obelisco Sallustiano) of the end of the 18th century rising on the top of the Spanish Steps.

Piazza di Spagna is surrounded by a charming atmosphere, important streets and elegant buildings, the Palace of the Propagation of the Faith (Palazzo del Collegio di Propaganda Fide) designed by Bernini and then Borromini is worth a mention; in front of its façade we can admire the Column of the immaculate Conception with a bronze statue of the Virgin Mary atop, a work of Giuseppe Obici, it was discovered in 1777 in the site of the former Campus Martius; on the right side of the stairway it is located the English poet John Keats' home and the so-called Casina Rossa (Keats-Shelley Memorial House) while on the opposite side there is the twin palace housing the famous Babington's tea room; moreover the main Roman roads, such as the crowded Via Condotti, the street of the Italian fashion, the elegant Via del Corso, Via del Babuino and in parallel Via Margutta intersect and merge together into the square.

Cam on-line since: 06/12/2013