Piazza di Spagna & Spanish Steps
A magnet for visitors since the 18th century, the Spanish Steps (Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti) provide a perfect people-watching...
The Keats-Shelley House is where Romantic poet John Keats died of TB at the age of 25, in February 1821. A year later, fellow poet...
This 1627 fountain of a sinking boat is believed to be by Pietro Bernini, father of the more famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Caffè Greco opened in 1760 and is still working the look: penguin waiters, red flock and age-spotted gilt mirrors. Casanova, Goethe,...
Despite its sumptuous deep-red interior, this restaurant’s spangling jewel is the sun-trap shaded terrace hidden at the top of the...
Piazza di Spagna · interesting places nearby
Spanish Steps information
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.