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 days ago
    • Carol Ex

    PB Thank you for that tip about translation. It`s very helpful.

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    • 5 days ago
    • James McIntosh

    Well we may be all suffering in various degrees in this situation but to know that the parasites who took advantage of tourists like my partner who was on cancer treatment at the time then thought of them suffering financially is good to me!

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Paul Louis

    No James, it's of no consolation.

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    • 5 days ago
    • Paul Glover

    PB....Thanks for that.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • James McIntosh

    Well the pickpockets won't be getting much money these days if that's any consolation!

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • PB

    if u right click your mouse u can translate to english

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • Paul Glover

    Message in English please,,many thanks.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • paul

    De enigen die het virus aan het verspreiden zijn, zijn de agenten/handhavers.
    Ze lopen steeds in groepjes van 3 of 4 personen, dicht bij elkaar.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • Paul Glover

    There is some sort of building work going on above the camera.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • user80304485

    Does anyone have any idea what the drill/coffee grinder sound is that we hear on this cam now and again?

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • James McIntosh

    Police checking some pedestrians paperwork. Not sure if you're allowed to walk about or not just now.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Charles Groth

    Shame on you franco2 you need to put your head in the sand like all of your buddies. America is not behind this Virus what do you think we want to get sick ourselves. CRAZY.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • maggie

    When are the moderators going to shut down the rantings of this person?
    franco2 ( interesting handle, fond of dictators ?) this not the time for such conspiratory theories!
    get a grip, pray for your fellow human beings, which in turn will be good for your soul.
    Peace and love x

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • franco2

    Thanks Maria, I will stop here!
    ... "And yet it moves" (Galileo Galilei - 1633) ...

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • JackV

    Maria, our buddy Franco is apparently spewing his poison on multiple sights. It won't do much good to try reason to deal with "him". I expect that more of his ilk will appear in the coming weeks. I agree with your call to have skyline expunge hate from their sites. Until they do my counter is the simple posts will be that Franco equals poison.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • maria rodgers

    Franco, i think you should read skylines rules on posts that are not acceptable, These posts of yours are not. Please stop!