Piazza di Spagna & Spanish Steps

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Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy

Piazza di Spagna & Spanish Steps Rome Reviews

Zagnut66 Zagnut66
110 reviews
Spanish Steps Mar 07, 2013
Early in the morning the Spanish Steps are deserted compared to the throngs of people hanging about by the afternoon. You can get a good workout in by going up and down the stairs several times. There are lots of sellers hawking stuff at both the top and bottom and a nearby subway stop. Babbington's Tea Room, opened by two English ladies in the 1890s, sits to the immediate left of the steps in the piazza.

It was grey and rainy and barren when I visited, so my first impression was rather lukewarm. Some nice photos can be taken from the top of the steps. The fountain in the piazza, the Fontana della Barcaccia ("Fountain of the Ugly Boat"), was installed in the 1620s by Bernini's father Pietro. Supposedly Pope Urban VIII commissioned the work after a boat was stranded on the spot following a flood. The Trinita dei Monti church was closed for rennovations when I tried to go inside.
View from atop the Spanish Steps
Obelisk before the Trinita dei Mon…
The Trinita dei Monti
The Spanish Steps early in the mor…
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Ils1976 says:
Fond memories here ... had the best GELATI ever! :D
Posted on: Feb 19, 2014
spocklogic says:
Don't forget the Roman Centurion's roaming around for a bit of tacky touristy flavor...
Posted on: Apr 27, 2013
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Andy99 Andy99
579 reviews
The Scene at the Butterfly Stairs of Rome Sep 28, 2012
The Spanish Steps (Scala di Spagna) is the famous staircase of 138 steps ascending from the Piazza di Spagna. The butterfly shaped staircase was designed by Francesco de Sanctis in 1717 and built in 1723-1725. Its purpose was to connect the Spanish Embassy to the Vatican below with the French Trinità dei Monti church up the Pincio hill. (Both France and Spain were under Bourbon rule at that time.)

Today, the Spanish Steps is one of the most famous and visited tourist sites in Rome. You really do have to see it and it's interesting in and of itself. It's also a fabulous place to people watch!

A the top, the Church of Santissima Trinità dei Montiis still there. In fact, the official name of the stairway is Scalinata della Trinità del Monti (Stairs of Trinity of the Mountains). You'll see an obelisk on a terrace near the top of the stairs. This is the Sallustiano Obelisk, a Roman copy of an Egyptian obelisk re-erected in this location in 1789.

The Spanish Steps are in an area that was known as the Strangers Quarter in the 19th century as it was a gathering place for expatriates. Immediately adjacent is the Keats-Shelley House museum. Poet John Keats died here in 1821.

We walked down the stairs and thoroughly explored them. Plan to take them in!
The Spanish Steps. At the top is t…
Official name of the Spanish Steps
On the Spanish Seps
People watching at the Spanish Ste…
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Bojasem Bojasem
205 reviews
good place for walk May 23, 2012
one of the famous places in Rome , the location excellent

in heart Rome between shopping street like condoti ,Babunio

and Via del corso, the area are excellent for drink or

take rest in cafe and enjoy in spanish steps.

I prefer walking and seating in the steps and watching rome

from the top and this area also near Villa Borghese , you

should take pic in this area, there are wagon near the steps

but expensive 200 euros for the a ride, do not miss eating

gelato in this area.
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Fitnessguru729 Fitnessg…
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Climbing the Spanish Steps! Sep 20, 2011
I met up one night with fellow Trav Buddy Lloyd from Perth, Australia. We wanted to climb the spanish steps and have a drink at the five star restaurant at the top of the spanish steps! It took us about 5 minutes to move at a rapid pace up the steps and after getting to the top of the steps we had an incredible view of the city of Rome. We found that five star hotel and had shot of scotch. Following the steps we went out for a night on the town and we met a lot of travelers and many locals. Cheers to the Spanish Steps!
Cheers to the Spanish Steps!
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jamonbone jamonbone
2 reviews
Going to steps Jun 03, 2011
So this can be a fun activity and FREE to do at night, you can drink on the street in italy without problems, at least in rome. I went with my sister and cousin and even though they're are families around towards about 11 or 10 younger people in 20s show up. Theirs little carts that sell cans of beer for 2 euros a piece or a heiny for 4 euros(bigger bottle) Might be a good way to meet some people and head out after that!
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Nice steps! Feb 22, 2010
Built in the eighteenth century by a French architect, the Spanish steps are a wonderful set of stairs in the city centre of Rome. They are located very near to the Spagna metro station.

Today, the steps are very near to the first McDonalds restaurant which opened in Italy, as well as some fashionable designer shops. There are quite a few sellers loitering around the Spanish steps too.

If you are visiting Rome, this is one of the key tourist sites of the city after the historic and religious sites.
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Chokk says:
I quite enjoy the area at the feet of the stairs - nice shops and houses to look at
Posted on: Dec 29, 2010
Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
216 reviews
Seen It, Done It Jun 27, 2009
One of these places you've heard of, but don't really know why, so went to see it. Not at all impressed, it is just a set of stairs, up to an overpriced hotel.

Was there in the afternoon, and it's obviously a popular place to sit yourelf down if you have nothing else better to do.

Personally don't see what the fuss is about this place, but on the upside it was near McDonalds and my son insists on being fed, even when travelling. Only ever go there when abroad, as you are guaranteed 3 things - the same worldwide standard of crap, a seat and a toilet ;) One of the little things that stay with you in your memory was while in McDonalds a big crowd of guys coming in wearing Burger King crowns, I thought it was funny :D
Spanish Steps
Fountain At the Bottom Of the Steps
Well Impressed ( Not )
Steps And Fountain
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paula_eire paula_ei…
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we was alone!! Apr 15, 2008
when i arrived at Piazza di Spagna i couldn't believe!!!only 5 people!!it's better in other season like spring when you can find a lot of flowerss so beautiful, but we could take a photo alone. it's unbeliable!
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Chokk says:
This must be one of the rare moments
Posted on: Dec 28, 2010
yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
Lovely stairs at Piazza di Spagna Jun 18, 2006
This lovely Piazza is located in the most elegant and exclusive area of the city.

If it's warm, just sit down on their famous renacentist stairs, like many people do, stairs are always full. And just relax while you watch the people going from one place to another.

There you will find the Trinità dei Monti Church. The streets with the most prestigious stores start here. The most famous street is vía Condotti, one of the most elegant of the world.
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yadilitta says:
Rome is one of my favorite cities. If you have the opportunity to visit Italy, this city is a MUST!
Posted on: Dec 30, 2010
Vikram says:
I hvaen't gone to this city yet...
Posted on: Dec 28, 2010
Eric Eric
408 reviews
Feb 04, 2006
After you're done splurging on Via Del Corso or Condotti, take a break by relaxing on these beautiful steps. It's a place to see and be seen. Lots of young Italians come here to pick up on one another. If you are a girl and sitting here alone, be prepared to be hit on by at least five italian stallions. More beautiful at night.
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Nick says:
when i went to rome there was all this scaffholding at the spanish steps:( nice picture, i wish i had gone at night. it looks beautiful.
Posted on: Feb 04, 2006
nadda nadda
13 reviews
Oct 05, 2004
It is a true life-experience to sit on the Spanish Steps late in the evening and see the culture of the citizens of Rome. Many Roman citizens are gathered on the Steps to talk, sing, play guitar and having a good time with their friends in the evening and on daytime the steps are filled with tourists from all over the world. There also are a lot of foreign salespeople (I don't know what to call them) selling fastfood, roses, toys etc.. They can be a bit annoying but if you're firmly say no th first second they lay eyes on you, they won't bother you :D
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