The Spanish Steps are a majestic broad stairway that’s one of Rome’s favourite landmarks, with its residents and many tourists.
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Traversing the Spanish Steps
Located on the grand Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish Steps are composed of 138 separate steps. It was built in the early 18th century, at the tail-end of Italy’s Baroque period, by Francesco di Sanctis. The Spanish Steps don’t carry the opulent sculptures of the Trevi Fountain or the ancient grandeur of the Colosseum. But its imposing simplicity has made it one of the most sought after attractions in Rome.
Every day, especially during the summer, visitors take photographs on the Spanish Steps, climbing up them or simply sitting on them and relaxing. And once a year, a fashion show takes place here, using the steps as a catwalk.
Climb up to the top of the steps and encounter the Trinita dei Montei, a magnificent church. Although it’s worth getting up close to Trinita dei Montei, it’s also an impressive site from the foot of the steps.
Attractions around the Spanish Steps
Around the Spanish Steps are some of Italy’s most exclusive streets. High-end boutiques from leading Italian designers like Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana can be found around the Piazza, as well as attractive cafes. The Barcaccia Fountain near the bottom of the steps is also charming. The Keats-Shelley Memorial, dedicated to romantic poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, is an unmissable visit for fans of literature and poetry.