Planning on visiting the Spanish Steps in Rome? The remarkable stairway was designed by two architects: Francesco Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi. The Spanish Steps were built in 1723 and were restored recently in 1995. The plan for the stairways was prepared a long time before it was actually built, but it was delayed over and over again throughout the years.
These 137 monumental steps connect between the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinitai Monti – home for the Trinitai Monti church. As you can see, a lot of great sights are in close walking distance from the Spanish Steps. To make the most of your visit of the Steps, it’s best to plan it ahead, and check out our video guides for more information about nearby attractions and lots of other tips – this could save you a lot of time and trouble when you’re there. And here’s an important tip: take care of your belongings! This large famous meeting center attracts many people and lots of them are tourists, so you can imagine the pick pocketing that’s going on around there.
Explore the Spanish Steps in Rome
Piazza di Spagna is located on the foot of these steps, and it’s packed with landmarks and attractions you must see. One of these attractions, next to the Spanish Steps in Rome, is the fountain with the interesting name “Fontanalla Barcaccia”, which means “Fountain of the ugly boat” and some believe that it was built by the pope’s architect Bernini, according to an impressive boat brought by a flood in the Tiber river. Before climbing the stairs you might want to visit the small John Keats museum, which once was the home of this great English poet who lived and died in Rome. Nearby is located the palace of 15th century Cardinal, Lorenzo Cybo Mari.
In May the Spanish Steps are decorated with flowers, which makes them even more elegant, and the Fontanalla Barcaccia in front of them adds magic and elegance to this famous place. This place is so beautiful that lots of films featured it, such as “The Talented Mr. Ripley” starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, and other great movies like “Roman Holiday” starring Audrey Hepburn.
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