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Let’s visit Piazza di Spagna and its Spanish Steps!

Among the wonderful monuments, Baroque fountains, Roman ruins and ancient churches, the squares of Rome are the best way to get to know the life and history of the city. Let's get to know one of the main squares? Shall we visit the Spanish Square in Rome?

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Let’s visit Piazza di Spagna and its Spanish Steps!

The Squares of Rome are places full of people, and it is there that they meet, observe and get lost. It is the home of souls who need space to think, love and get out of the routine of life. All of these things are even better when the squares are beautiful. Rome’s history also goes through the squares. Among the wonderful monuments, Baroque fountains, Roman ruins and ancient churches, the squares of Rome are the best way to get to know the life and history of the city. So, let’s visit the Spanish Square in Rome? Let’s get to know this incredible place that welcomes Italians and tourists so well! Also visit our section: Examples of Tourist Itineraries in Italy! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

Between history, art and the luxurious streets for shopping, Piazza Spagna a is still one of the favorite attractions of tourists from all over the world, besides the Romans, of course. It is a mandatory stop for every self-respecting trip. Located at the foot of the steps of the Church of Most Holy Trinity of the Hills, the beautiful Spanish Square represents one of the most famous images of Rome worldwide. In the center of the square is the Barge Fountain, by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, built in memory of the flooding of the Tiber in 1598. The square takes its name from the Spanish embassy next to the Holy See.

1) Let’s visit Piazza di Spagna and its Spanish Steps! VISIT THE CHURCH OF TRINITY OF THE HILLS

Elegance is undoubtedly the most striking feature of the Spanish Square. The background of the ocher palaces, Bernini’s fountain and the staircase at the foot of the Church of Trinity of the Hills contribute to creating the refined atmosphere of the 18th century. Placed at the foot of Pinciano Hill, the Spanish Square has always represented the center of the cultural and tourist life of the city of Rome.

2) Let’s visit Piazza di Spagna and its Spanish Steps! VISIT THE BARCACCIA FOUNTAIN (BARGE FOUNTAIN)

In the center of the square is the famous Barcaccia (Barge) , one of the most beautiful fountains in Rome. Made in Baroque style by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1627 at the request of Pope Urban VIII, the font takes its name from the characteristic barge shape. The work was inspired by the flood that caused the flooding of the Tiber in 1598, its semi-submerged barge format was a palliative to mask the technical problem due to low water pressure. The fountain is one of the favorite destinations for tourists, who stay there to take pictures or simply quench their thirst with the drinking water that comes from the bow and stern of the boat.

3) Let’s visit Piazza di Spagna and its Spanish Steps! VISIT THE MONUMENTAL STAIRCASE

However, the most sensational view is represented by the monumental staircase of the Spanish Square, which provides one of the most grandiose views of the city, made by Francesco De Sanctis, in 1723-26, as Pope Innocent XIII wanted, giving a crucial position for the unevenness between the square and the church at the top – one of the symbolic places of Rome. The project was carried out at the request of Pope Benedict XIII between 1723 and 1725, but the staircase was only opened during the pontificate of Pope Innocent XIII. Its wide steps still welcome millions of tourists and Romans who come to the square to spend the afternoon or night in the company of the beauty that it emanates. In the spring, the steps of the square can be even more beautiful, as it is all colored by the wonderful azaleas, forming an image of rare splendor, loved by tourists from all over the world.

4) Let’s visit Piazza di Spagna and its Spanish Steps! VISIT JOHN KEATS MEMORIAL

John Keats Memorial overlooks the square, home to which the English poet, who lived between 1700 and 1800, lived with his friend, also a poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. If you have more free time and are an incurable romantic, visit the Keats-Shelley Memorial, which is right next to the staircase. It is the last residence of the English poet John Keats, who died in 1821 at just twenty-five years of age.

Memorial Collection

This memorial contains a rich collection of paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, objects and also the first editions of the works of Keats, Shelley and Lord Byron (important spokesmen for English romanticism). In addition, the house has a large specialized library, which houses more than eight thousand volumes (and new titles are always added).

Its Decoration

The decoration, very well finished, refers to London at the end of the 19th century, with publications, pictures and furniture from the period and a chimney that is lit during the coldest days of winter. Prices are not economical at all, but if you love this surreal English climate and want to indulge yourself in such luxury, don’t think too much, just come in.

5) Let’s visit Piazza di Spagna and its Spanish Steps! VISIT BABINGTON´S TEA HOUSE

Another famous building in the Spanish Square is Babington’s Tea House, founded in 1893 by two English aristocrats who wanted to create a meeting place for the various countrymen who lived in the capital. Even today, this teahouse is frequented by representatives of international high society such as politicians, famous people and royal families. Read also Where are the best coffee shops in Rome?

6) Shall we visit the Spanish Square in Rome? VISIT THE OBELISK OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Another famous element characteristic of the Spanish Square is the Obelisk of the Immaculate Conception, from the period of ancient Rome, placed in the square in 1857 in memory of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

Useful information

I will leave here some useful information to help you get to this wonderful square.

Enjoy shopping

After having visited almost everything around the Spanish Square, it is customary to stroll along Via dei Condotti (Condotti Street), considered to be Fifth Avenue in Rome. Indeed, it is on this street where all the biggest brands of Italian and international high fashion are concentrated, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Laura Biagiotti, Prada, Gucci, Zegna, Tod’s and many others. For many, let’s say that shopping is reduced to: “seeing, but not touching” – but who knows, if you can, even better! Also read Where to shop in Rome?

How to get to the Square?

It is simple to access the Spanish Square with public transport (it is more convenient than going by car, as the region is blocked due to traffic and it is not easy to find a place to park nearby). It is easily accessible by the subway station Spagna (find out here how to use the metro in Rome), which also connects to the People’s Square via Via del Babuino (Babuino Street), one of the historic streets that make up the so-called “trident”. Take metro line A at Termini towards Battistini and walk for 3 stations. Get off at Spagna and after a few steps you will reach the square. If you are in Rome, the best way to access Spanish Square is by metro line A, if you are close to line B, just go to Termini and change trains. Read also How to get around with public transport in Rome?

Hours of the Church of Trinity of the Hills

  • From Tuesday to Sunday: from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm (closes on Monday).
  • During celebrations it is not possible to visit the church. Mass times:
  •  Business days: 9: 00h, 11: 00h and 18: 30h
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 12: 30h and 18: 30h.

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Hotel I suggest near the Historic Center

If you are passionate about art and would like to stay in the center where you can move around walking, as well as having countless possibilities for places to have lunch / dinner or a snack, I advise you to stay in the historic center. Regions near the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Forum and the Villa Borghese, Piazza Spagna and Piazza Navona can be considered as “historic center”. These are the most expensive areas, but you will be close to everything, literally!

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Hotels that I suggest near the San Giovanni Region

For those who want to find cheaper alternatives in quiet areas, but at the same time close to the means of transport to the center, I suggest the region of San Giovanni or Monti (near the metro stations San Giovanni, Castro Pretorio and Circus Massimo) – which it is a more residential neighborhood; therefore, more economical and quiet! And with just 15 minutes by subway you will be in the center too!

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Hotels I suggest near Vatican City

An interesting area to stay and a little cheaper than the historic center is the Vatican area (Vatican Museums) which is very well connected with everything.

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Hotel I suggest near Termini Station

For those who prefer to stay in neighborhoods that have good access to the rest of the city and at a better price, then you should choose accommodation in the surroundings of Termini Station (from where a dense network of public means of transport starts, serving both: the local people and tourists).

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Hotels that I suggest in Trastevere

For those who prefer to “taste” authentic and characteristic Rome, there is nothing better than booking a hotel in Trastevere (on the outskirts of the city’s historic river), full of typical Roman history and traditions, known for the tortuous streets of sampietrini stones and the centers medieval style housing.

The neighborhood is in the historic center and to the right of the Tevere River, in the midst of a spectacular landscape, where each visitor can observe the countless churches and squares (such as Santa Maria in Trastevere). In addition, this neighborhood offers several local restaurants and canteens for those who want to try typical Roman cuisine.

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Conclusion

Let’s visit Piazza di Spagna and its Spanish Steps! The history of the square is incredible so enjoy your stay in Rome and get to know Spanish Square along with other famous monuments of Baroque Rome such as the Trevi Fountain (where you can throw the coin !!!) the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

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