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

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    • 5 days ago
    • sky

    Hi %arc. Not the tourists, I am sure, more than 90% of the mentioned dirt comes from the inhabitants, especially the younger inhabitants themselves. The staircase and other monuments is a popular meeting place for dates and meeting place in general and it is also a small picnic kept.

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    • 5 days ago
    • %arc

    Like in Venise, the municipality had to take extreme mesure in order to obtain better behave, these are ancient and magnificent monument, they must be respect and treated as well with respect, not more than 2 1/2 years ago, Bulgari generously paid nearly 7 millions euros to have the step restore and clean up from dirty tourist leaving their trace by shewing gum, coffee and other beverage split and it is really a shame, may be a good few hundreds euro fee will teach them better behave... they even thought of closing the step at sun down since the issue and dirty behave is mostly at night and evening, too bad they didn't decide to do it.. yet

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • sky

    The roman vice squad are very busy today

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • julie

    Jim think about it if there were no visitors then they would not have to clean the steps so they would not need revenue

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • Jim

    If they have stopped people sitting for a photograph it would seem to me they do not want anyone visiting the steps or fountain so just stop going there the powers that be will soon be begging for your return when they can no longer afford to clean the attractions due to the loss of revenue.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Carol Ex

    Ellen,apparently the steps have been cleaned. They have suffered with years of chewing gum stuck to them and been stained with coffee and juice. If people don`t respect these beautiful places then everyone suffers.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • PMM

    ... that was funny - another couple stood up after they were told by the hi-viz chap - then when he had moved away they sat down quick again for their friend to take a photo!

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • PMM

    13.08.18. Just seen a couple sit down (I think for a photo) and was soon told by a chap in at hi-viz vest it was not allowed and they soon got up!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ellen

    Yesterday I was surprised everybody was allowed to sit around the fountain and today nobody is sitting next to the fountain anymore. A woman said on the news that there are no signs up to explain the people they aren't allowed to sit. I remember being in Rome 4 years ago and sitting on the steps enjoying the view while resting was actually a very nice thing to do. I understand they want to keep the city nice and clean, but this was a bit extreme. In almost every country when you have an opportunity to visit an ancient site you sit down and rest somewhere, like on the steps at the acropolis in Athens, I wonder if other countries will follow this example. I much rather wish Italy would use its energy to stop those scamming street vendors and tourist restaurants owned by non-Italians.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • CC

    Yes, I just read an article in the NY Times yesterday that it could be a 400 eruo fine to be caught sitting on the steps. There are apparently several new municipal rules that ban a variety of activities...

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ellen

    You have to respect those yellow vest police, walking up and down the stairs all day long to tell people not to sit is quite a good cardio workout everyday!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • mark

    So now they are step police in vest making sure no one sits

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • debbie morris

    they tried to pickpocket us as we got off the metro in rome,they were standing by the metro doors and as my husband got off he felt a hand slip in and out of his pocket,pity he didn't have a mouse trap in there.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ellen

    So they are not allowed to sit on the steps but they are allowed to sit next to the fountain?

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • James McIntosh

    Forgot to mention also my partners purse stolen from her bag on subway train on same holiday.! Barcelona is another story of course!!

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Mati2009

    widzę ,że walczą z siadającymi na schodach