Spanish Steps - Guide to areas of Rome, Italy
Spanish Steps Area of Rome, Italy
The Spanish Steps area of Rome, Italy is a popular destination for locals and tourists. The Spanish Steps can be found in the Piazza di Spagna or Spanish Square in the Spagna District of Rome.
Also known as the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti, the Spanish Steps, were first constructed to connect the French Church of Trinità dei Monti with the square located on the bottom of the hill. The stone steps form a symmetric structure with a total of 137 steps and has been given the name “butterfly steps.” The steps have been built in a Roman Baroque style and are usually decorated with a variety of azaleas and it is recommended that tourists visit the area in the month of May when the flowers are in full bloom.
Other notable tourist spots in the Spagna District include the:
- Piazza di Spagna (The Piazza di Spagna is located at the bottom of the Spanish Steps and was named after the Spanish Embassy located in the area).
- Fontana della Barcaccia (The fountain located at the foot of the steps that was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for Pope Urban VIII).
- Trinità dei Monti (The Trinità dei Monti is a spectacular French Church located at the top of the Spanish Steps and the church grounds on the top of the hill offer an excellent view of Rome).
- Colonna dell’Immacolata - the Colonna dell’Immaculata or the Column of the Immaculate Conception is located in the southeastern part of the Piazza di Spagna. An expertly crafted statue of the Virgin Mary can be seen on top of the column.
More travel ideas: Getting to Rome need not be expensive with several cheap flights to Rome with a number of low cost airlines. There is a lot to do in this city and that includes a number of excellent options for day trips.
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