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Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)
Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)

Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)

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Piazza di Spagna, Rome, 00187

The Basics

The monumental Spanish Steps—designed by Francesco de Sanctis—are one of Rome’s most popular tourist sites. Surrounded by bars and cafés and always bustling, the staircase features on most day or nighttime Rome city tours, whether on foot, by bike, Vespa, Segway, or hop-on hop-off bus. Such tours typically stop at spots such as the Colosseum and Pantheon, great for time-pressed travelers. You can also visit on a specialized private food and wine or pizza tour.

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Spanish Steps, Trevi, Pantheon & Piazza Navona Private Tour for Kids & Families

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Spanish Steps, Trevi, Pantheon & Piazza Navona Private Tour for Kids & Families
$154.50 per adult
Yes - The tour is great
The tour was so much fun, and educational. Marco, our guide, kept the boys engaged (5 and 12) with activities to keep their attention as we moved along. We enjoyed it, the boys enjoyed it, and our parents enjoyed it. The boys continued to point out some of what they learned during the rest of our stay in Rome.
Tom C, Jun 2019

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sitting, eating, and drinking on the steps is forbidden; local police strictly enforce these rules.

  • The steps are just that: stairs. As such, they are not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

  • Just adjacent to the Spanish Steps is the house where English poet John Keats lived, now a museum dedicated to his memory and works.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch for individuals who will thrust a rose or other souvenir into your hand and then demand payment.

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How to Get There

The metro line A runs from the Termini train station to Piazza di Spagna, at the foot of the Spanish Steps. Many walking tours depart from or pass by the staircase too, as do hop-on hop-off bus routes.

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When to Get There

The Spanish Steps are crowded most of the day, so you'll have to visit early in the morning or late at night if you want to enjoy them in relative peace. Avoid midday, as there's little shade and lots of sun. For great photos, visit in the spring or winter when the steps are festooned with colorful flowers and decorated with a towering Christmas tree and fairy lights, respectively.

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Why Spanish?

The Spanish Steps were financed by French diplomat Étienne Gueffier and built to link the Trinità dei Monti Church—which was at the time under the patronage of the King of France—with the Spanish Square below. The steps were so-named because of their proximity to the square, home to Spain's embassy and considered Spanish territory in the 17th century.

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Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)