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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. PutSpanish 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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  • Tourist hotspot, nice views to be had, watch-out for pickpockets. Great place for photo and you might even catch the odd wedding. It’s not far to walk to Trevi Fountain from here.  more »
  • It was OK, if I had limited time in Rome I would skip this one. The view up is nice, but down is not as marvelous. It is usually very crowded.  more »
  • End October 2019: This place is so overhyped! It wasn't the easiest to find but once we found it, it was jam packed with tourists. It was crazy. There is a fountain at the base of the steps and...  more »
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  • How does one review a flight of stairs? It's the famous Spanish steps in Rome, popular among tourist. So popular that it's now forbidden to sit down. There are guards in yellow vests whistling at people who dare to sit. However, you can still take photos while standing. Great view over the rooftops of Rome from the top of the stairs.
  • Beautiful!! Watch out for some aggressive people trying to hand you flowers or sell you things. This was the only place in Rome we had to be very firm with the street vendors. Don't take anything anyone hands you unless you want to pay for it. Also go in October!! The weather was cool, and a little wet, but the streets were mostly clear compared to a June visit.
  • Beautiful view and just a shot walk to the Medici gardens. The gardens are slightly elevated and give an even more astounding view from above. NOTE: It appears a new rule is in place banning sitting on the steps, Policia were blowing whistles at those who stopped and sat in a similar fashion to Ms. Hepburn. Caution is advised if this is your intent, and a later evening excursion might be in order to capture the perfect photograph.
  • Highly recommend visiting in winter if you can as their a fewer tourists and the weather is still generally good. The steps are stunning, as is the unique fountain at it’s base (Though it does not have the grandeur of some of Rome’s other fountains such as the Trevi Fountain). It has great views of Rome and you can see the Vatican from the top. You can’t sit in the steps and police will tell you off if you do!
  • Best time to visit Spanish steps is sunset time. Though you wont get clear view of sunset but beautiful view from either of the road lane. And it's full of people sitting on the steps at that time. At the bottom of the steps there's a beautiful fountain in a shape of boat. And nearby you will find all high end shops to shop clothes. If you like shopping. In short people who wants to chill can visit. There's a church as well on top of steps.
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