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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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  • The steps are amazing, but it's always crowded. It's not it just tourists, but vendors. Every couple of minutes someone will shove roses or selfie sticks in your face. The steps were originally where ...  more »
  • Stairs more beautiful to see that to climb. Fortunately at the bottom of the stairs there is a fountain to cool us off. Essential site, not far from via del corso shopping street.
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  • We walked to the Spanish Steps in the early evening in August. Maybe we were tired, maybe our feet hurt, but after seeing the Roman Forum, Caesars Forum, and the Pantheon, we decided the Spanish Steps...  more »
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  • You can climb to the top to get a magnificent view of the Rome city. Nice place to sit and relax on the steps during the evenings. Enjoy the music played by local musicians. Please be aware that eating is not allowed on the steps.
  • Lovely and simply outstanding, such a romantic place you will fall in love again. Full of fun and great atmosphere. Sit back and relax the atmosphere and the crowd. A must when you are in Rome
  • Beautiful and historic. A great place to stop and rest your feet. But not much more than some aesthetically pleasing steps to take some pictures on in the midst of the crowds. However, check out the sunset from the top of the steps. Great view.
  • It was cool but they are just a series of steps. You should definitely walk by it especially after visiting the Trevi Fountain as it is in the same general location. The metro station is that far away either which makes it nice if you end the day here.
  • Very very very busy place but perfect place to grab a seat and people watch. I loved to journal on these steps when I backpacked Europe! Definitely check these steps out. Sit, chat, eat, read or journal!

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Where to stay in Rome

For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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