Spanish Steps - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken part way up the Spanish Steps looking down onto the Piazza di Spagna in Rome. At the top of the steps is Trinita dei Monti church. The picture was taken in 2006, when the church was covered in scaffolding during renovations.
Spanish Steps - FURTHER INFORMATION
Spanish Steps - Rome visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Spanish Steps' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Roma.
The Spanish Steps in Rome are known in Italian as the 'Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti'. They lead from the Piazza di Spagna up to Trinita dei Monti church, and are a popular tourist attraction in the city. The Spanish Steps were built between 1723-1725 with funds given by French diplomat Étienne Gueffier, and linked the Bourbon Spanish Embassy to the Holy See with the church above.
Though funded by the French, the steps came to be known as the Spanish Steps as they ran from the Pizza di Sapgna (Square of Spain), and are reported to be the the longest and widest staircase in Europe.
Today, the Spanish Steps are very popular with tourists, though sitting on the steps to eat food is forbidden. At Christmas time a 19th-century crib is displayed on the first landing of the steps and in May parts of the steps are covered with potted azaleas. In 2007, a 24-year-old drunk Colombian man drove a Toyota Celica down the Spanish Steps, damaging a few of them.
Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps are at the southern end of Via del Bbuino, one of the three 'trident' roads of Rome which starts at the Piazza del Popolo, next to the church of Santa Maria di Montesanto to the north.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Metro: Spagna (A)