Spanish Steps

Piazza di Spagna, Rome


Spanish Steps are a set of steps in Rome, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The monumental stairway of 135 steps was built in 1723 to link the Bourbon Spanish Embassy and the church. In the Piazza di Spagna at the base is the Early Baroque fountain called Fountain of the ugly Boat. During Springtime, just before the anniversary of the foundation of Rome, April 21st, part of the steps are covered by pots of azalea pink flowers, up until early May. In modern times the Spanish Steps have included a small cut-flower market. The Spanish steps unique design and elegance has made it a popular place for artists, painters and poets who were attracted to the place which inspired them in return. The artist’s presence attracted many beautiful women to the area, hoping to taken as models. This in turn, attracted rich Romans and travelers. After a short time, the steps were crowded with people of all kinds of backgrounds. This tradition of the Spanish Steps as a meeting place has lived on ever since.

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Mon

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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  • Adam-Marc Kelly

    - 06 September 2018 -

    The reviews here said it was a little secret gem and great to people watch. But if you prefer somewhere quiet and peaceful this is not the place. Great view from top, nice to swing by en route to somewhere else. Maybe have a perch and a gelato. But otherwise they're just steps with a cool fountain at the bottom.

  • masoud khakbazan

    - 31 August 2018 -

    Fantastic museum and well worth the effort in going. You have to buy tickets online in advance for a specific time and date (and depending when you visit, usually several weeks in advance before all the time slots fill up). The audio tour is excellent, well narrated and enough information that you feel it adds something without it moving you along too fast either. The rooms are bare in the house, a decision taken by Otto Frank when he returned to Amsterdam after WW2 but it also helps the sheer volume of people move around. The allocated slots limit numbers but it will still be busy. At the end of the tour is a very moving video about Anne and how she is viewed today.

  • Kristian Baldwin

    - 24 August 2018 -

    Honestly, not something that particularly appeals to me. Great bit of history and a lovely fountain in the square. Main pros - public toilet located in the centre of the square which is pay to enter, good entertainment with buskers and street performers and a piece of history can be found in Babingtons Tea Rooms which was est in 1893. We had 2 pots of tea and were sat drinking it for an hour in the quaint tea room with excellent staff service!

  • Debbie Bouhenguel

    - 18 August 2018 -

    Very beautiful area. The top of the steps leads to a wonderful view of Rome, as well as a lovely park where you can rent bikes. The steps seem imposing but are not arduous even to one not used to climbing flights of stairs.

  • Richard Sanders

    - 16 August 2018 -

    Another of Rome's ubiquitous "musts"! Varied design from the columns apparent elsewhere. Best time is 6-8am before the crowds. Use low light options for images. Or around sunset for warm night light, but throngs of visitors.

  • Graeme Eadie

    - 02 August 2018 -

    It's beautiful. And you get a great view from the top. Take your time to savour it, really take it all in. In Roma there is so much to see and do it's to easy to say " OK I have done that what's next? " and rush of to the next attraction. The area it is in is a great shopping area with high end Brands. It also has one of the coolest McDonald's I have seen it has a Gelato and Pastry 🥧 counter when you enter.


    - 24 July 2018 -

    After a long day of walking in Rome, this is the perfect place to catch your breath. It is calming, almost therapeutic to see people around you and yet not have to interact with them. The sounds as the visuals are really interesting.

  • Gong D

    - 23 July 2018 -

    One of many places in Rome to take a shot. Nice plaza with a lot of beautiful architectural elements. Crown people here sometimes , beware your belonging all the time. Anyway it's worth to walk around, atmosphere and surroundings are lovely.

  • john lauro jr

    - 10 July 2018 -

    Very crowded during the day but still beautiful. If you want to get pictures with less of a crowd come late. There's a great tea shop next to the steps. Servers are dressed in Victorian style, desserts, exotic tea blends. Great spot to go after you fight the crowd.

  • Amber Montgomery

    - 10 July 2018 -

    A beautiful place to sit and relax and soak in Rome after enjoying the other near sites in Rome like the Pantheon or Trevi Fountain. It can be hot during the day because the steps don't start to get shaded until the later afternoon but still beautiful. I'd suggest planning this visit as a time to relax during a long day of walking and exploring. I didn't get to see them at night but I bet it would be amazing then as well.

  • Sabrina Wang

    - 14 June 2018 -

    so crowded be prepared!

  • Sabrina Wang

    - 14 June 2018 -

    so crowded be prepared!

  • Ben Taylor

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Always very busy but a must see.

  • Kawika Terry

    - 07 May 2018 -

    If you don’t grab a gelato and sit on the steps like Audrey Hepburn, you’re doing it wrong.

  • Mohamed Al Shareef

    - 30 March 2018 -

    Nice view recommend

  • Jonathan Chen

    - 26 March 2018 -

    Super crowded! Not sure what the big deal is ;). They’re just steps. Tourist sight I suppose, lots of shopping around here too.

  • Iain Wheat

    - 24 February 2018 -

    Very busy area. Nice places nearby - quite underwhelming when busy with tourists

  • Miloš

    - 24 February 2018 -

    Cult place with insane crowds

  • ZhiWei Lim

    - 31 January 2018 -

    Eating ice cream is not allowed here

  • Two Boots and a Farwa

    - 28 January 2018 -

    We don’t understand the appeal of sitting on the things but it’s a good place to use as a starting point to walk around.

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