The Spanish Steps or Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti are a grandiose creation where several groups of people can lounge on them without blocking traffic. The steps aren’t actually Spanish but got its name from the Piazza di Spagna which was named after the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. The French actually gave Rome the steps along with the church at the top of them, Trinita dei Monte. Leave it to the French to design another icon to be remembered for all time. The Spanish Steps serve as an excellent place to stop, rest, take some pictures, or people-watch.
It is also a place to take in some history and to reminisce about romance.
Approaching the Spanish Steps from below, you’ll first encounter the ‘sinking boat’ fountain, Fontana della Barcaccia, which was completed in 1627 by famed sculptors (father and son) Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The shape was…
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