Known also as the Spanish Steps, the square gets its name from the Palazzo di Spagna, the site of the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See.
In the center of the square sits the Barcaccia Fountain, designed and sculpted in baroque style by Pietro Bernini with help of his son Gian Lorenzo. Looking onto the square are some important buildings such as the English poet John Keats' Italian home and the Palazzo della Propaganda Fide, property of the Vatican. To the side of the square is the smaller Piazza Mignanelli and the column of the immaculate conception to which the Pope pays homage every 8th December.
The visitor's eyes, however, are drawn to the famous stairs, built in 1725 for the Giubileo. The intention was to unite the Embassy with the Church of the Trinità dei Monti. The church holds a dominant position in the city and, like the Villa Medici beside it, is under French jurisdiction. The Spanish Steps area is without doubt the most elegant in Rome, home to many noble buildings and famous brand name shops found in the Via Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via del Babuino.
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Not too far from the Spanish Steps and in the middle of the green heart of Rome - Villa Borghese - you will find the Boghese Gallery. This Gallery hosts a great many artworks by such famous artists as Bernini and Caravaggio. Don't miss this beautiful museum and visit our website: Book the Borghese Gallery guided tour
Another of Rome’s famous monuments, known across the globe. Legend says that by throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain you are sure to return to Rome.
The main fashion street in Rome, it is full of boutiques from the best names in high fashion as well as the Caffe Greco coffee shops.
An imposing building of the 17th century, it was the pontiff's residence until 1870, even though they rarely took up residence. It is now home to the President of the Italian Republic.
Built in the 11th century on the remains of a Roman house, it is possible to visit the ruins in the foundations of the church.
In the center of the square near the Palazzo Chigi, sits the Marcus Aurelius column, built to honor the Emperor's victories.
Found inside the Villa Borghese, the gallery is unique due to the sheer volume of works by Bernini and Caravaggio.
The round church designed by Berini is found in front of the Palazzo.
The building, situated in Via Nizza, owes its current appearance to French architect Odile Decq.
This small church was built during the baroque period, and designed by Borromini. Known also as San Carlino due to its small size.
A jewel of baroque architecture, it was designed by Maderno, Bernini and Borromini. Inside is an important art collection with works by Caravaggio, El Greco, Tiziano and Raffaele.
Destroyed in the earthquake of 1348, it was the only church not to have been built on top of Roman ruins. It was restored in the 15th century by order of then Pope Martino V.
It's a very evocative location, situated on Via Veneto. The bones of 4000 Capuchin monks are held in the cryptoporticus adjacent to the church.
The square marks the meeting point of Via Veneto and Via del Tritone. At its center stands the Tritone Fountain, designed and sculpted by Bernini.
One of the most famous streets in Rome, it was at the heart of the "dolce vita" during the 1960s when stars of the International Cinema scene were often found socializing in the city.
The French took control of this building in 1803 when Napoleon moved in and transferred the French Academy to Rome.
Wax statues telling both International and Italian history can be found in the Wax museum near Piazza Venezia.
Property of the Borghese Family up until 1901, it houses many culturally interesting buildings, such as the casina dell'orologio (little house of clocks) and the orangery.
Looking onto Piazza di Spagna, artist Giorgio de Chirico's house became a museum in 1998 and holds many of the artist's work.
Dedicated to the English romantic poets, it was in this house that Keats died in 1821.
It was in this house that Goethe lived while touring Italy, as told in his writings. The museum houses some of his works.
Home to the Italian Parliament, it was used for papal trails until 1870. It was designed by Bernini.
A large park which overlooks the Piazza del Popolo, it was home to many of the grand villas of ancient Rome. Canova and Valadier collaborated on creating its current look.
The most famous square in Rome owns its name to the Palazzo di Spagna, the seat of the Spanish Embassy at the Holy See.