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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  • 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

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    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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  • Brooke Tolle

    - 28 May 2018 -

    Great addition to any trip to Rome! We really enjoyed lounging on the steps in the morning with pastries and cappuccinos from down the street. Definitely would recommend going earlier to avoid the crowds since it’s such a big tourist spot. Near to luxury shopping areas too!

  • Dean Witts

    - 26 May 2018 -

    We were pretty underwhelmed after seeing other sites around Rome and walking countless other steps. I'm sure it could be better if it wasn't super crowded with tourists and cigarette butts everywhere. Not to mention the guys trying to push roses on me every few feet... Good pics from the top and a nice church to relax in out of the sun.

  • Cristina Martinez

    - 25 May 2018 -

    Good area to sit down and people watch. Has a beautiful view of the city. At the top of the stairs there is a museum/church. Make sure to wear jean's and an appropriate shirt if you want to go in. They turn you away if you are wearing revealing clothes.

  • Dean Witts

    - 21 May 2018 -

    We were pretty underwhelmed after seeing other sites around home and walking countless other steps. I'm sure it could be better if it wasn't super crowded with tourists and cigarette butts everywhere. Not to mention the guys trying to push roses on me every few feet... Good pics from the top and a nice church to relax in out of the sun.

  • Brett Gottfried

    - 18 May 2018 -

    An insanely busy area with tourist there all through out the day. The steps lead up to an old obelisk at the top. From the top if the stairs you will have an excellent view of the sun set over the city. This is definitely a place to visit when you come to Rome.

  • Imran Saeed

    - 06 May 2018 -

    Like the name says it's steps but really marvellous. The scenery is amazing once you reach the top. A favourite picture spot for tourists so you will see a lot of selfie enthusiasts and picture postures here. I had to wait a bit to find a clear spot but it was good wait. There are normally lots of flowers on the step and it makes it more beautiful on good summer day. Lots of good shopping and eating places nearby so must visit place for any tourist.

  • Sabrina Gell

    - 28 April 2018 -

    Piazza Venezia is so much bigger with more look at that I personally didn't understand why evens talks about this. According to my husband is one of the things that's famous because of good pr. The steps aren't really Spanish. The base of the stairs might be quarried from Spain, but the style and actual visible exterior is not. It is huge, and probably beautiful, when not competent covered in tourists. This was one of 3 things receive said to go to. It's pretty and neat, but everything in Rome is. Didn't make the top of my list, but I'm glad we saw it.

  • Michael Pufahl

    - 15 April 2018 -

    Approx. 2 years ago when I was there the biggest part were under construction, so I decided to go again! It was definitely worth to go there! These Stairs are very impressive, even it was full with tourists sitting there! When you climb it up you can feel how many feet used it in the past and now! From the top you have a great view over the city of Rome! It's definitely one of the sights you must see when you are in Rome!

  • Nathaniel Thompson

    - 28 January 2018 -

    It's just steps really but because of where it is and if you go at the right time it's quite a nice peaceful place to sit and reflect while the sun goes down. At busy times it's quite annoying all the selfie sticks and people in the way but the higher you get the more it eases up 😊. Be aware of the men trying to sell you roses be firm and walk away as they don't take no for an answer also there's a lot of steps so it can be strenuous for some people.

  • Sampath Mukherjee

    - 25 January 2018 -

    Great place. Definitely recommend to visit. The fountain is also great. Lots of people and shops. You should at least sit down for 5-10 mins to feel the place. It looks amazing from the top of the steps. You can take a horse carriage riding from the place and make a tour around the city. The metro station is also very close by. So you can reach the Spanish steps very easily from anywhere. Also at night it's beautiful. Definitely recommend this. So if you are visiting Rome, try to visit Spanish steps.

  • 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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