The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps is one of Rome’s most iconic attractions, a landmark easily associated with the city. This elegant staircase -- which was originally intended as a gateway to Trinita dei Monti -- has become a popular gathering place for tourists, a beautiful subject of many photographs, and a favorite movie setting of Hollywood movies. The wide irregular steps complemented by curves, terraces, straight flights, and remarkable views is a perfect representation of Roman Baroque Style.
The Spanish Steps -- an attraction named after Piazza de Spagna -- were built by architect Francesco de Sanctis with the purpose of connecting Trinita dei Monti to the Spanish square below. Through the years, the unique beauty of The Spanish Steps attracted artists ranging from poets to painters. There was a time when beautiful women would stay by the steps with the hopes of being made models.
Today, the Spanish Steps is a favorite hangout place among tourists and Roman youth. Sitting on the steps is a great way to unwind, and take in the hustle and bustle of the nearby Piazza de Spagna. While you’re in here, take the time to mingle with other tourists. Leave the food, though, since eating is strictly prohibited here. Don’t be surprised if every now and then, enormous cameras would suddenly pop up -- the Spanish steps is still a favorite location for local and international filmmakers.
Azaleas bloom beautifully along the Spanish Steps during springtime -- it’s a sight that makes a great souvenir photo. Last 2016, this famous landmark was given an intensive refurbishment -- a move that brought back the charms of the steps. Located near this attraction is Via dei Condotti, a place filled with designer houses like Gucci, Prada, Armani, and Versace.