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
    • 4 days ago
    • "Barry"

    "Sassy Sally" I'm sorry I just noticed this. I'm in the UK. It was just an off hand comment I'd made.

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    • 4 days ago
    • "Jeannie"

    Photo shoot going on today on the steps

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Sassy Sally"

    OH Barry I am sorry to hear that. The UK is the same, it is round us now not out there anymore. So very sad and so very real.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Sassy Sally"

    "cm NYC" Hello I am only just reading your reply now, Thank you for coming back to me. Its a bit early as we are 1 hour behind you.
    The Covid the new strain is going crazy here I am sad to say I now know a lot of people with it. I have taken to going to the Basilica in Italy, as Jeannie knows the mass is in Latin and the lay people speak in Italian, It has been and is great to hear again It does not take long to get into the hymns and sing along with everyone. Lots of memories. Have a good day every one and keep healthy and safe. And warm

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • "Jeannie"

    Hey Paul you’re right. Forgot that the lockdown was partially lifted fir Christmas.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • "Barry"

    coronavirus rules in Rome

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • "Paul"

    Hi jeannie, I’m assuming that it’s just about a total lockdown apart from exercise and going to work! If anyone knows better maybe they can explain?

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • "Jeannie"

    A very empty plaza today at 3pm. Its so quiet.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • "cm NYC"

    Hi- first of all- why are they flashing lights from many windows now around the Piazza? Checked other camera too..........As to train schedules-Sassy Sally -I don't have any---just watch as the first weekday people come in---starts around 5:46 am Rome time....Check this out as I am working late in NYC------Hope things get better for you in the UK

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • "Barry"

    Probably staying in due to the Corona virus.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • "Alex"

    Dove il popolo ?

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Jetzen"

    It's a cloudy, but quite lovely, balmy Christmas Eve in Rome. Buon Natale, Roma !

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Jeannie"

    I wonder what they are filming now?

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Sassy Sally"

    cm NYC
    Oh We are going into Tier 4 from midnight tonight UK South East the shires.
    We had made plans to meet just 3 of us for Christmas day, we had all split up as we have teenagers and a little boy so they were going somewhere else. Then when the restrictions were relaxed we thought no this is not right and we all decided that we would rather stay in our own homes. So that is what we are going to do. We are lucky we have laptops and phones so we can see and hear its not the same and I miss the cuddle. But so many people have really very very sad stories to tell. Its not a time to celebrate. We are all happy with our decisions Back you your chat what time do the trains come into this station I would like to watch as I do have the time hopefully we will be able to see your Lady. I am a people watcher and often wonder where people are going.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Barry"

    I bet that is Doris you've seen.

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    • 1 month ago
    • "cm NYC"

    Hi Sassy Sally-
    No---have not seen my white haired friend! i hope she does not have the virus. I cannot monitor all the arrivals from that train schedule ( actually have to work)...so do not know if maybe she changed her schedule. There are other 'regulars' from that first train--but will keep looking for her----Thanks