Spanish Steps

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Spanish Steps information

Rome , Italy
Piazza di Spagna
Getting there
Metro: Spagna
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Rising from Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish Steps have been attracting visitors since the 18th century. The piazza was named after the nearby Spanish Embassy, but the staircase, designed by Italian Francesco De Sanctis and built in 1725 with French money, leads to the French Chiesa della Trinità dei Monti . At the the foot of the stairs, the boat-shaped Barcaccia (1627) fountain is believed to be by Pietro Bernini (father of Gian Lorenzo Bernini).

To the southeast of the square, Piazza Mignanelli is dominated by the Colonna dell'Immacolata, built in 1857 to celebrate Pope Pius IX's declaration of the Immaculate Conception.