• June 14, 2018

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

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Welcome to one of the most famous city sights in Rome. Spanish Steps blow you away with its magical atmosphere. Even though it is always really busy because of the tourists, it is still worth seeing. We will take you there on one of our tours on Segways. Let’s take a cool picture here all together:)!

Spanish or French?

Spanish Steps with the church of Trinità dei Monti in Rome

View of the church of Trinità dei Monti and famous Spanish steps. At the bottom of there square there is Fontana della Barcaccia designed by Bernini

They built the Spanish Steps in the former “English Quarter” in the Italian capital. In fact, they are the work of the French. They funded their construction in the 1820s when they competed with Spain for the favour of the Pope. Spanish built the impressive building of their embassy at the Papal See, Palazzo di Spagna, after the mid-17th century. According to this building, they started to call the staircase Spanish Steps. But it was France who let it be built and paid for the construction. What do you think, is it fair to call this monument The Spanish Steps:)?

Inauguration

The monumental staircase connects the square with back then French church of Trinità dei Monti. Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi were the main designers. French diplomats and kings, for example, King Louis XV, mainly funded the construction. His statue was originally supposed to stand on the place of the now obscured Sallustian obelisk. It didn’t happen in the end because the Pope was against it. The staircase was inaugurated by Pope Benedict VIII. on the occasion of the Holy Year of 1725.

The Name of the steps

A horse carriage in Via dei Condotti in Rome in front of Spanish Steps

Via dei Condotti, street of luxury shopping in Rome in front of Spanish Steps

Romans usually don’t call this monument Spanish Steps. In Italy, they use the name which refers to the church on the top of them. The steps to Trinità die Monti. In other languages, they are known as the Spanish Steps because they connect the Spanish Square, it Italian Piazza di Spagna, with the church on the top. It is quite confusing, isn’t it:)?

Fashion and Movies

On 138 travertine stairs, locals and tourists of all ages love to loiter around, relax and enjoy the pleasant surrounding atmosphere. Until recently, the famous Sfilata Sotto le Stelle fashion show took its place right on the staircase. Right in front of the Spanish Steps there is Via die Condotti. It is the most expensive street in Rome. It is full of luxurious boutiques of all the world-known fashion labels. The Spanish Steps are still very popular with filmmakers and other artists. In spring they cover the steps with flowerpots with thousands of flowers. It gives the place an unforgettable atmosphere.

Roman Holidays

Have you already seen this lovely black and white movie with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck from 1953? It is a story about a princess who escapes from her luxurious but routine life and falls in love with an American news reporter. They did the whole movie in this beautiful eternal city. One of the scenes takes its place right at the Spanish Steps. Audrey is enjoying her ice cream there. Even though it is quite tempting to stylize yourself into this process try nit to do it. Nowadays it’s forbidden to eat, drink or even sit on the steps. Otherwise, the police can fine you up to 300 Euros. It would be quite an expensive photo for your Instagram in the end, right?:)

Spanish Steps at Night

Bernini's Fontana della Barcaccia in Piazza di Spagna with the church Trinità dei Monti in Rome

Famous Fontana della Barcaccia and Spanish Steps in Rome

Would you like to feel the atmosphere of the steps when it gets dark? Together with the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps are probably the most romantic places for romantic walks in the evenings. They are beautifully lit up. Barcaccia, the fountain in front of the steps, makes beautiful sounds, once the place gets less crowded quieter.  We can also take you here on Segways fr our night tours. You will be able to finally enjoy the city with not that many tourists around you:)!