One Webcam at a Time

The Spanish Steps webcam is affixed to the dental clinic of Dottore Mazzocco at 66 Piazza di Spagna. From this vantage point, the travertine-and-marble staircase rises majestically to the right. Built in the 1720s and recently refurbished by jeweller Bulgari to repair damage inflicted by so many tourist feet, the steps lead to the Trinità dei Monti church, hidden offscreen. A blurry sign on an adjacent building denotes a museum where the young English poet John Keats died of tuberculosis in 1821 (after being quarantined, incidentally, for typhus on his arrival in Italy). In the foreground is La Fontana della Barcaccia, a half-submerged boat spouting water, designed by the sculptor Pietro Bernini in the early 1600s… More here.

This feels like a good time to travel the world, virtually.



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  1. I’ve been enjoying the show “Travel Man” – although most episodes aren’t quite living up to the first Iceland episode I watched, it’s still funny, and Richard Ayoade’s nerdy trash talking has a nice sour grapes flavor, for people who are stuck at home for the foreseeable future – (even before COVID, I was given to wonder why travel has such a supreme place on the hierarchy of “assuredly worthy ways of spending ones time and money” – there’s a lot of privilege wrapped up in the assumption that it’s the pre-eminent way of expanding one’s horizons, especially if you’re sticking with “touristy” things.)

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