"Watch out for the cat calls" Spanish Steps - Piazza di Spagna Tip by Kbird009

Spanish Steps - Piazza di Spagna, Rome: 307 reviews and 498 photos

  Spanish Steps
by Kbird009

The Spanish steps, which were actually built by the French for the Spanish to try and bring peace between the embassies in Rome. They also lead to the most expensive shopping district in Rome along with the Cafe Greco. Famous more for its customers than for its coffee.

Lonely Planet- "This piazza, church and famous staircase have long provided a major gathering place. Built in 1725 and named after the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See, the steps lead to the church of Trinita dei Monti. In the 18th century beautiful Italians gathered there, hoping to be chosen artists' models, and many beauties of both sexes are still around. To the right as you face the steps is the house where John Keats spent the last 3 months of his life in 1821. In the piazza is the boat-shaped Pietro Bernini, father of the famous Gian Lorenzo. One of Romes most elegant and expensive shopping streets, Via Condotti, runs off the piazza towards Via del Corso."

Address: Piazza di Spagna
Phone: 09083881200
Website: http://www.rome-passion.com/place-espagne.html

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  • Written Jul 29, 2004
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