The Spanish Steps are also identified as Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti. These date back to the year 1723 and were constructed by Francesco de Sanctis, who is a little known architect and were funded by French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s bequeathed Stefano Gueffier. The design of these steps is quite unique and distinctive and has inspired a lot of poets, painters and artists. This place also attracted a number of travelers. This has now become to be recognized as a meeting place for a long time now.
Spanish Steps were designed in a time when people still had an all-inclusive view of planning the city. These steps in Rome, make you climb the steep slope connecting the Piazza Trinità dei Monti and Piazza di Spagna. It is further dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church which is located at the top. The flight of 135 monumental steps is an important landmark in the history of Rome and has seen a number of changes such as initially it was in the wooded steps format and it has been restored a several number of times.
Spanish Steps showcase great sculpture and art.
It was built to connect the Trinità dei Monti church and the Bourbon Spanish Embassy, which are both located above — to the Holy See and Spanish Square below. These steps are a combination of straight flights, curves, terraces, and vistas. A number of renovations have been done on these steps, including the latest one in the year 1995.
The Spanish Steps are located at the eastern most side of the old city center. You can check out a number of designer shops in the base of the Spanish Steps. A number of portrait painters sit across the Steps. There are a number of places which can be explored at the Spanish Steps.
John Keats museum is located at the right corner near the base. It is actually the house of Keats where he lived and then died. Now, a complete memorabilia of English Romance Generation can be found in the museum.
You will find Fountain of the Old Boat or Fontana Della Barcaccia located just at the bottom of Spanish Steps. It is a 17th Century fountain and it has a legend that during the floods in 1598, this boat was left behind after the water withdrew.
Small market to explore Roman boutique and designs
There are endless boutique designer shops located in a small area near the Steps and it has a great range of bars and restaurants. It is called as the Via dei Condotti and it faces the Spanish Steps. This is the place where you would go if you want to put your hand on the brands like Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Prada and Armani. It is not only one the busiest but also the richest places in Italy and is best known for shopping in Rome.