Spanish Steps

A Red Carpet for Kings and Bishops

Must-Do's Rome Published on 20 September 2018

The Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) in Rome once served as the grand passage for Italian, French and Spanish aristocrats between the Embassy of Spain and the Trinità dei Monti Church. Walking up and down this majestic stairway, you’ll notice the wonderful tricks-of-the-eye offered by each perspective of the surrounding buildings. Alas, you’ll also notice how fit these aristocrats would have had to be! Indeed, these 135 marble steps are no easy feat!

Highlights at the Spanish Steps

Bernini’s most admired fountain lays at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, at the entrance of Piazza di Spagna. The Barcaccia Fountain (aka the ‘Ugly Boat’) represents a wreck caused by a terrible flood in the Tiber River in the late 1500s. The fountain is a hotspot for tourists, but locals also stop there for a sip of fresh water. The luxury brand Bulgari recently renovated the steps themselves, as can be seen when you visit them.

Time to Explore: About an hour.

Top Tips: Avoid peak hours. The square can become incredibly crowded.

What’s Close? Trinità dei Monti, Via Condotti, Pincio Promenade, Trevi Fountain.

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