The Spanish Steps of Rome, which is known as the “Scalinata di Trinitá dei Monti” in Italian, are set of popular steps that are located at the center of the Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top and the Piazza di Spagna at the foot.
The Spanish Steps were constructed and opened in the early eighteenth century. The architectural design was made by architect Francesco de Sanctis in a Baroque architectural style. The apex of the step is dominated by the church “Trinitá dei Monti.”
The popular steps are made up of 135 steps. The steps are located in the eastern part of the ancient city center. The Spanish steps are basically a place where people visit to gather around, discuss and hang out just for a while.
Visitors of the Spanish Steps see and admire the fountain of the Old Boat that is known in Italian as the “Fontana della Barcaccia.” The fountain was built in the seventh century at the base of the Spanish Steps. It was designed by Pietro Bernini to mark the exact location that a gorgeous barge floated to when the water of River Tiber overflowed the banks.
The immediate surroundings of the Spanish Steps represent one of the major markets in the city of Rome. There is a network of paths in the base of the steps where visitors can explore varieties of designer shops, gift shops, restaurants and cafes.
Visitors patronize the Via dei Condotti which is just opposite the steps. It has shops with high-quality perfume and top notch designers. The Via dei Condotti is a great place to shop for Prada, Armani, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and so much other fashion stuff you might want to shop for.
The most expensive and the finest hotels in the city of Rome are located in an area just behind the top of the Spanish Steps for visitors to explore and relax.
As tourists start to climb the steps, they can see the house where John Keats (an English poet) lived and died in the early nineteenth century at a corner on the right side. The house is now a museum that is fully dedicated to the memory of John Keats. It is full of memorabilia and astonishing things for lovers of English.
You will find the classic Tea Room of Babington that was founded in the late nineteenth century to the left of the steps. The Tea Room offers a great selection of pastries and teas, waiters in traditional English dresses and an elegant interior.
Unfortunately, visitors can no longer eat while they sit and relax on the steps because the authorities have banned people from eating on the tourist attraction so as to keep the steps clean at all times.