Piazza di Spagna
Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous squares in Rome. Its name derives from the presence of the Spanish Embassy, since the seventeenth century.
Piazza di Spagna is located in one of the best areas of Rome: Via dei Condotti (a famous shopping street), Via Frattina and Via del Babuino (a street with 17th and 18th century buildings) are just some of the famous streets that surround the square.
Along Via del Babuino you will reach Piazza del Popolo, where there is the Flaminian obelisk, a 24-meter monument that once adorned the Circus Maximus. Going up the stairs, you will arrive at the Terrazza del Pincio, one of the best viewpoints in Rome.
The Spanish Steps
The stairs of the square, built in the early eighteenth century to connect the square with the Church of the Trinità dei Monti, are the most characteristic element of Piazza di Spagna.
In the world of fashion the 135 steps of the square are well known, as the famous Women Under the Stars show is celebrated there. This event is held in mid-July, the date on which Piazza di Spagna dresses up in gala.
It is pleasant to sit on the steps of Piazza di Spagna, a meeting place for many Romans and a well-deserved rest for tourists.
The fountain that occupies the center of the square was designed by Pietro Bernini for Pope Urban III. Its construction was completed in 1627 by his son, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
The Fontana della Barcaccia has the shape of a boat and we find engraved the emblems of the Bernini family: suns and bees.