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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
Spanish Steps, Trevi, Pantheon & Piazza Navona Private Tour for Kids & Families
$148.86 per adult
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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.
Thomas_C, Jun 2019

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Amazing Detail and Experience
MaryGrace_S, Sep 2021
Rome: walking tour Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon
The tour was great. Very informative and our guide was extremely personable and made the overall experience wonderful. All the small bits of knowledge not only about the big monuments, but smaller points throughout the way, really made the city come to life, and are things you would never discover on your own. Absolutely worth the investment. You won’t regret it.
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Rosa was an excellent and...
David_C, Sep 2021
Rome: walking tour Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon
Rosa was an excellent and very knowledgeable and a friendly guide she tailored the tour to us. I was happy we booked this in our first day
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My Daughter is still pointing out symbols throughout Rome
Brian_W, Dec 2018
Spanish Steps, Trevi, Pantheon & Piazza Navona Private Tour for Kids & Families
Our tour guide was amazing! Our 7 year old daughter loved every moment. There was a game to point out certain symbols across Rome. I won’t tell you what exactly because I don’t want to spoil the fun, but yes, amazing!
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We weren't sure what to expect for this...
Bailey L, Oct 2018
Exclusive Walking Tour of Rome - Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps
We weren't sure what to expect for this tour, but we booked it anyway. My husband and I ended up being the only two people in this tour. Our tour guide, Virginia, walked us through the strees and she explained the history and interesting facts of all the monuments we saw and even took our picture for us when we asked. She was very friendly and very knowledgeable and she easily made it the best walk we've had through the city. All of the information she knew was fascinating and it was made into a very fun experience.

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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