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

Comments

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Pat Daley

    Many people in the plaza today. Is the lock=down lifted? Man waving Italian flag. I hope all is getting better in Italy.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Pat Daley

    Today I see about a dozen people in the plaza. It is the first time I have seen people anywhere in Italy. So sorry for Italy and the world problems.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • JackV

    Over the past few weeks this is gone from fascination to sadness to just plain scary. I wish I could help. Prayers do no good they never have

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • CyO

    The old angel where you could see the street in the front with the carriages ...

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • JackV

    Bluebird, I too am grateful for the cams but I do miss the people watching opportunities of years past. Good times.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • bluebird

    I'm just grateful to have these cameras at all.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • JackV

    My mistake. Thank you.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • JackV

    You find Margo's annoying pleas worthy of posting but my mild attempt at criticism, not. You have a strange censorship criterion.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • JackV

    Please give it a rest, Margo. Live with it.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • margo

    PLEASE TURN THE CAMERA BACK THE WAY IT WAS BEFORE?????? PLEASE DO IT ???

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • TJ

    Can you please tilt the camera down to see more of the Piazza and less of the sky. Adjust it the way it used to be.
    Thank you

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • margo

    PLEASE TURN BACK THE CAMERA TO THE OLD ANGEL...PLEASE????????

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • user65641711

    Does anyone know why the Fiori Cam has not been seen for awhile?Take care and God bless the blessed!Absolutely no twisted parallels!
    Absolutely straight forward!Gary V. Giardina!This sent before 1:14 P.M. L.A. Time December 30th. 2019.

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • bluebird

    Christmas Market Time!

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • margo

    PLEASE TURN BACK THE CAMERA TO THE OLD ANGEL...PLEASE????????

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • JackV

    I think we lost this cam for a while. I'm so glad that it's back. Folks need to stop complaining about the view and enjoy the one we have.