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Spanish Steps, Rome

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Climb Spanish Steps, the widest staircase in Europe and one of the most majestic urban monuments of the Baroque style. The 136 steps once linked the Spanish Embassy to a Franciscan church that was officially under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France. An iconic fountain created by artist Gianlorenzo Bernini and his father stands at the foot of the staircase. Designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi, the staircase and the piazza were built between 1723 and 1725. Put Spanish Steps into our Rome online tour itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Spain's square and Trinità dei Monti. Shame about the amount of people that I found but moreover is wonderful for me and others
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  • I heard about the famous Spanish Steps and went for a visit. Ummmmmm...they are steps. Just crowded, over rated steps. I'm not sure what all the hype is about. We walked up them, took photos, and left...  more »
  • One of the places to visit if or when to visit Rome. The timetable with fewer people is usually early in the morning, between 8 am and 10 am. In the afternoon, especially at sunset, it tends to exploit tourists and visitors.
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  • The reviews here said it was a little secret gem and great to people watch. But if you prefer somewhere quiet and peaceful this is not the place. Great view from top, nice to swing by en route to somewhere else. Maybe have a perch and a gelato. But otherwise they're just steps with a cool fountain at the bottom.
  • It's beautiful. And you get a great view from the top. Take your time to savour it, really take it all in. In Roma there is so much to see and do it's to easy to say " OK I have done that what's next? " and rush of to the next attraction. The area it is in is a great shopping area with high end Brands. It also has one of the coolest McDonald's I have seen it has a Gelato and Pastry 🥧 counter when you enter.
  • Fantastic museum and well worth the effort in going. You have to buy tickets online in advance for a specific time and date (and depending when you visit, usually several weeks in advance before all the time slots fill up). The audio tour is excellent, well narrated and enough information that you feel it adds something without it moving you along too fast either. The rooms are bare in the house, a decision taken by Otto Frank when he returned to Amsterdam after WW2 but it also helps the sheer volume of people move around. The allocated slots limit numbers but it will still be busy. At the end of the tour is a very moving video about Anne and how she is viewed today.
  • Another of Rome's ubiquitous "musts"! Varied design from the columns apparent elsewhere. Best time is 6-8am before the crowds. Use low light options for images. Or around sunset for warm night light, but throngs of visitors.
  • A beautiful place to sit and relax and soak in Rome after enjoying the other near sites in Rome like the Pantheon or Trevi Fountain. It can be hot during the day because the steps don't start to get shaded until the later afternoon but still beautiful. I'd suggest planning this visit as a time to relax during a long day of walking and exploring. I didn't get to see them at night but I bet it would be amazing then as well.
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