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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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  • Bustling plaza with historic steps up to a Church in the heart of Rome. There is a mix of street food, restaurants, and shopping at the bottom. Great place to people watch and enjoy a night out. We started at the bottom and walked up - 137 steps. At the top there are views out over a portion of Rome.
  • Something you do because you can't visit this city without doing it. They are just steps so don't expect anything over the top! Atmosphere is busy and very crowded. If all of the above aren't your cup of tea, the don't waste your time! If they are though, it's worth going to read about the history and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Wonderful structure! Loved the crowds! VERY BUSY but organized and seemed safe. Go at 6 am for selfies with no one around. Later for the crowds.
  • Great view of the shopping plaza and church. The steps aren't hard to do at all. Must take pictures at the top and bottom. Great views from both perspectives. Watch out for people trying to hand you things they will ask for money from you. Like roses etc.
  • My stay was several meters from the Piazza di Spagna. This was 500 meters from the bottom of the Piazza where the Spanish Steps are. I walked pass these steps every time to get to the metro station. I took a couple of pictures at night. I liked it, looked really good during the evening. AW

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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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