Named after the Spanish Embassy located on the Piazza, the Piazza di Spagna and the 'Spanish Steps' are a fine place to spend your time in Rome. It is always open and free of charge. Although eating on the steps is no longer allowed, it is still a great locating for getting a little bit of Spanish culture and mixing with the locals. The Spanish Steps were built in three graceful tiers in order to represent the Holy Trinity to church goers as they climbed up to attend Mass at the Church of Trinita Dei Monti. Situated at the top of this grand staircase and built by the kings of France, one of the best views of Rome can be had from the church's balustrade.
At the bottom of the steps is a lovely fountain by the elder Bernini, where children and pigeons are often found enjoying the water in equal number. If you visit in spring, you'll find the steps awash in the pinks and reds of hundreds of blooming azaleas cascading down the tiers. You can easily reach the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna from the line A of the metro. Exit the Piazza di Spagna station and follow the crowd, turning left as you enter the piazza in order to get to the steps. As information, if you continued past the steps you'd quickly come to Rome's American Express Office. When you're ready to leave the area, head down Via Condotti for a window shopping experience of some of the most famous fashion designers in Italy.
Address: Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Roma, Italy
Open hours: 12:00 am - 12:00 pm
Architect: Francesco de Sanctis
Province: Province of Rome
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