The Spanish Steps, also known as the Scalinata, in Rome.

Whether we are referring to the Spanish Steps or the Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti, they are essentially the same thing: the beautiful steps located above Piazza di Spagna. They got their name from the Spanish Embassy that used to be there.



The Spanish Steps are in the center of the Italian capital, and the nearest metro station is “Piazza di Spagna” (for Rome’s metro, click here).

Exiting the metro, on your left, you will see the Fontana della Barcaccia, the famous fountain by Bernini.

It is said that he chose the shape of a half-submerged boat because before the protective walls of the Tiber River passing through the city were built, the river often overflowed, and in 1598, it reached up to 1 meter in Piazza di Spagna. The myth goes that when the water receded, a boat was left behind in the square!


It’s worth mentioning that the fountain was closed for many months for maintenance work, and when it reopened in February 2015, some Dutch hooligans, after a football match, started causing damage and destroyed part of the fountain.

After climbing the 135 steps of the Spanish Steps, you will find the “Piazza Trinità dei Monti” square with the church of the same name. Enter to admire the temple; besides, the entrance is free 🙂

Most tourists then sit for a while on the Spanish Steps to relax and take the necessary photos.

Why it is called the Spanish steps

The Spanish Steps got their name from the Spanish Embassy located there.

Where to go after the Spanish Steps?

From Piazza di Spagna, you will see that a large street begins, the Via Condotti, filled with luxurious stores: Gucci, Prada, Dolce& Gabbana, they are all here. An ideal route for those who have come for shopping in Rome.


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