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Spanish Steps

Piazza di Spagna, with the steps of Trinità dei Monti, is one of the most famous and scenic squares of Rome.

At the foot of the monumental staircase of 135 steps that connects the Spanish embassy (hence the name of the square) to the church of Trinità dei Monti you can admire the beautiful Barcaccia fountain, sculpted by Pietro Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

According to tradition it was Pope Urban VIII who wanted the "barcaccia", after being struck by the image of a boat stranded on the square, after the flood of the Tiber.

Certainly the Barcaccia is the result of the genius of Bernini who managed to solve a problem related to low water pressure that fed the fountain.

To date, the Spanish Steps is undoubtedly a cultural heritage of inestimable value and one of the most charming places of the city.

It's not surprisingly famous poets like John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley chose to live in this square framed by one of the artistic and monumental most beautiful in Italy.

In 1906 the "Casina Rossa" was bought by the Keats-Shelley Memorial House to create a literary temple in honor of the English Romantic poets.

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Spanish Steps


Walking: 43 minutes along Via Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

By Public Transportation: Buses 85 and 51

Underground | Subway: Take Line A - stop San Giovanni, direction Termini-Battistini, to the Spagna stop