The Spanish Steps is undoubtedly one of the most famous staircases in the world. They were commissioned by French diplomat Étienne Gueffier and built in 1723 in Baroque style by Francesco de Sanctis. They connect the Spanish Square with the church of Trinità dei Monti at the top of the stairs. The monumental staircase consists of 135 steps. The whole project was funded by the French king because Trinità dei Monti is one of the French national churches here in Rome. So why are the stairs called Spanish and not French? For one simple reason: The Spanish Embassy is located on the square, from which the Spanish Square originates, hence the Spanish Steps. One advice at the end, never eat ice cream or some snack on the stairs, you will be fined up to 200 Euro!