Rome - Piazza Navona live cam

View of Piazza Navona, the Fountain of Neptune and the Four River Fountain

Rome - Piazza Navona

Rome’s Piazza Navona is one of the capital’s liveliest plazas located in the city’s very heart. Street artists fill the square attracting hundreds of locals and tourists daily! This enchanting Baroque-style square turns magical during winter months and becomes the perfect setting to Rome’s annual Christmas and Epiphany markets.
Before the crowded Navona Square came to be, the impressive Domitian Stadium (or Circus Agonalis) stood in its place, a long concave oval-shaped arena built in 85 AD by Emperor Domitian to host competitive, non violent, sporting events and to ultimately encourage traditional Greek athletics. The stadium retraced in form the current square, it seated 30,000 people, presented a length of 275 meters and a width of 106 meters. In time the stadium bleachers were replaced by buildings that were then razed to the ground during the 15th century to make room for more modern constructions. Towards the end of the century, the city market, traditionally held at the Campidoglio, was moved to Navona Square redefining it as a public space!
Piazza Navona began to take its present aspect in 1644, when Cardinal Giovanni Battista Pamphili, later Pope Innocent X, commissioned the construction of Palazzo Pamphili, family residence, that today hosts the Brasilian Embassy. In 1647, he planned to embellish the square with an impressive fountain first assigned to Architect Borromini then to his “rival” Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Fountain of the Four Rivers, as it was called, sits in the very center of Navona Square – clearly visible via our live webcam. Symbolizing the strength of papal authority across the globe, the fountain’s base takes the form of cliffs from which four marble river gods rise, each representing one of the 4 rivers, and related continents, known at the time: the Nile, the Danube, the Ganges and the Rio della Plata. The base supports an ancient 16 meter Egyptian obelisk, the Pamphili family emblem (a dove) was positioned at the top.
In front of the fountain stands the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone designed by Architects Girolamo and Carlo Rainaldi; unfortunately the Rinaldis and their ideas had become the target of harsh criticism and the job was soon awarded to Borromini.
Other two fountains adorn the square: the Moor Fountain, occupying the southern extremity, and the Fountain of Neptune that can be found on the northern end.
There’s so much to see and do in Rome, start exploring with our live webcam in Piazza Navona!
Fun facts
To provide Roman citizens with relief from the torrid summer heat, the fountains flooded Navona Square during the weekends of August until the end of the 18th century! Initially aristocratic in nature, this gigantic urban pool was soon open to all classes; for hygienic reasons, the tradition was temporarily abolished in 1673 then finally disused after 1866. Popular legend also recounts that in Bernini’s Four River Fountain, the statue representing the Nile covers his eyes to avoid looking at Borromini’s church of Sant’Agnese, while the Rio della Plata statue lifts his hand as to protect himself from the possible fall of the bell towers; this false, but curious anecdote underlines the historical rivalry between the two architects.
Cam on-line since: 05/10/2013

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    • 4 days ago
    • "Aleksandrovich Boris"

    Не работает. Включите.

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    • 7 days ago
    • "Rodney Hutton"

    Great. The original camera is back. You will probably start to see people waving at the camera and sending greetings to the people back home.

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    • 1 week ago
    • "Adrian Brown"

    Ahhhh! Love the new camera,quality is fantastic and yes your right guys,you feel like your there...hope to visit this square and the shop that sponsors the cam someday soon,is now firmly on my bucket list! Great to see what was just below the last view,now we can see the entire square. Loved the sound though before,the fountain and the chatter,will miss that. Many thanks to the sponsors NAVONA ANTIQVARIATO!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Jo Ann"

    This is my favorite camera by far, especially now that the old camera angle is back! Sort of makes you feel like you're there :) Sadly the only way to visit for now, but thank you Skyeline, and also to whomever else sponsors or has made this camera possible!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Romano 99335499"

    Hi, can you add sound
    Thank you

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • "TJ"

    Thank you to the host for the new camera view. Great!!!
    TJ (USA)

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Lynne Scobbie"

    Back to the old camera angle - great :)

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Angela B"

    New camera - new view! Much better! Thank you Skyline!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Texan1"

    Something has changed...

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • "JackV"

    Maybe we should have rolled the dice on 2022 for our next trip to Rome? Way to go Big D! Let's divert some more funds to your fabulous wall to contain the virus this time around!

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • "JackV"

    29 June and Tre Scalini is OPEN! Big step in the right direction.All is not lost.
    Also, if you are a fan of the Amalfi Coast there is a new cam of the beach at Positano. Best ever! It is worth a look-see.

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    • 4 months ago
    • "JackV"

    Banned! I did not see that one coming but it is a well deserved badge of arrogance and incompetence. Wear it well, Donald.

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • "JackV"

    Oops! I meant we would be watching events unfold "..with our fingers crossed". Unfortunately, proofreading can be a very unrewarding excercise for me. I am now wondering what I missed this time around?

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • "JackV"

    We have taken a small roll of the dice and booked our hotel and airline reservations for late April. With the easy part done, we will watch events unfold with our fingers..We are optimistic!

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    • 5 months ago
    • "David Holmes"

    So lovely to see Rome coming back to if stay safe wish I was there

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    • 5 months ago
    • "Hanna Astephan"

    People sharing the same table in a Restaurant/Cafe could be family members living together in the same house, or friends who are sure about each other.
    I do hope that these are the cases.
    As a safe strategy one must consider that whoever around him/her is a virus suspect and acts accordingly.
    We need you all to be safe and healthy. Take care of yourself.
    Hanna.