Rome Spanish Steps

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.

Would you like more tips and information about things to do in Rome, nightlife, museums and more? Watch our free travel video guides for all you need to know to plan your perfect trip to Rome!

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.

USD 70.65$

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.

If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.

USD 60.22$

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!

USD 382.19$

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.

Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.

USD 155.19$

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.

USD 149.63$