The Spanish Steps (aka: Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti) is a monumental stairway of 138 steps on a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti above, which is dominated by the 16th century French church, Trinità dei Monti.
Built in 1717, the steps are thought to be designed by Francesco de Sanctis.
Altough they are called The Spanish Steps, it was actually the French who built them as a way to reach the French Church above. The steps and piazza are named ‘Spanish’ because the Spanish Embassy used to reside there.
In Spring the steps are particulary wonderful when the ramps of the staircase are covered with flowers
You can get some views of the city from the top of the Spanish Steps, although if you turn left at the top of the steps and start walking you will get better views and will also lead you past Villa Medici and the park Villa Borghese.
It can get very busy on the steps in summer as it is a common meeting place. Note: You are not allowed to consume food on the steps!
At the base of the steps in Piazza di Spagna is the La Fontana della Barcaccia (“Fountain of the Old Boat”), a Baroque fountain built in 1627-29, thought to be designed by Pietro Bernini, the father of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Also in Piazza di Spagna, at the corner on the right of the steps, is the house where English poet John Keats lived and died in 1821. It is now a museum dedicated to his memory (at 26 Piazza di Spagna)
Free (situated in public square)
Piazza di Spagna
off Via Dei Condotti, off Via Corso
How to Get There
Metro Red A Line: Spagna