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
    • 7 days ago
    • carol mumford

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

  • avatar
    • 1 week 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
    • 3 weeks 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
    • 3 weeks 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.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • maria rodgers

    ok Thanks Rodney

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Rodney Hutton

    Maria, the steps are used by people (workers and tourists) who are going up and down the steps in order to get to their jobs or places to visit. It is very difficult if you are trying to go up or down the steps and people are sitting and blocking your way. Not only is it a physical danger (you could trip and fall trying to navigate around people), but it makes an opportunity for pick-pockets and other mischief.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • maria rodgers

    Why is it ok to sit on the fountain but not on the steps? Sorry but i do not understand

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Barry

    I guess people wouldn't be allowed to drink out of it if not safe.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Peter

    Anyone getting a lot buffering today? 5/6

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Ray

    Also, I’ve seen people drinking from the fountain at the front of the boat. Is it spring water and safe, or do people risk it?

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Ray

    I wonder how many ‘selfies’ are taken on these steps every day. Even now, as quiet as it is compared to other years, I’ve seen dozens and dozens in a few minutes. If the authorities could charge a penny for every selfie opportunity on the step, they’d make millions. £££

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Barry

    I think I'd go there just to sit on the steps for photographs.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Hanna Astephan

    Roma! This is what I always wanted to see.
    Hanna.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Paul

    Wait and see what happens when the police come back and see the people sitting on the steps!

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Ray

    First time I’ve seen this camera when it looks cold and wet. People in big coats.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Bob Davis

    It must be quite nice for the locals not having to deal with the throngs of tourists.