Rome - Piazza Navona live cam
View of Piazza Navona, the Fountain of Neptune and the Four River Fountain

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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.
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    • 3 days 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.

  • avatar
    • 4 days 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
    • 3 weeks 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
    • 3 weeks 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!

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • David Holmes

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

  • avatar
    • 1 month 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.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Coraline

    5/17/2020 20:32
    Not much 'social distancing'? A lot of tight groups huddled together.

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    • 2 months ago
    • jenni money

    How wonderful to see the World returning to life.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Ray

    Mark. Rome- in around. A dad joke if ever there was one. My kids would be groaning for their lives. Love a dad joke

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Mark

    WONDERFUL to see people out "rome-ing" around again! ;) And the children on bikes for a once-in-a-lifetime ride here, etc., very cool!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • JackV

    This was to be our last full day in Sorrento before moving on to Rome with brief stops at Pompeii and Herculaneum along the way. Great plan, spectacular weather! Maybe next year. A special "thank you" to Skyline for the many windows they provide in a corner of the world that we truly love. It has been a unique experience.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Adrian Brown

    Great View,Really good to see people about again! Take care Italy.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • MEL

    JackV... fabulous to see people out and about again and yes let’s hope we can visit again sometime.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • JackV

    Hey Mel, I am happy to see that you're still around and happier still that Italy is beginning to come back to life. We hope to return to Rome next May but very little is certain any longer. Travel will likely be a roll of the dice for some time tocome.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • MEL

    This is wonderful to see..... people walking about, keep safe and hope we can get back to normality.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Le Flâneur

    I hope and pray the good news continues around the world and in Italy. God bless you all!