Spanish Steps
Rome • Italy

From: Rome Travel Guide

See also: Trevi FountainPantheon

Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy
The Spanish Steps ( Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti) are a wonderful set of 138 steps that climb up from the Piazza di Spagna to the French church at the top which is called the Trinità dei Monti.

The Spanish Steps were bequeathed by Etienne Gueffier who was a French diplomat and were designed by Francesco De Sanctis in 1723-1726. The steps are a wonderful attraction in May when they are richly covered with azaleas.

At the base of the steps in the square is the famous fountain by Bernini, the fountain of the old boat known as the Fontana della Barcaccia which was built around 1627 and commissioned by Pope Urban VIII. The fountain shows a partly sunken boat and was chosen after the 1598 flood of the River Tiber when, after the flood had subsided a small boat was left behind in the square.

Attraction Location Guide
The Spanish Steps are located to the north of Trevi Fountain.