Piazza di Spagna

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Piazza di Spagna Heralded and admired by the likes of John Keats, Mary Shelley, and Casanova himself, the Piazza di Spagna is a beautiful square noted for the famous Spanish Steps leading up to the Trinità dei Monti church. Rome Italy 41.905862 12.482346
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Party Earth Review Heralded and admired by the likes of John Keats, Mary Shelley, and Casanova himself, the Piazza di Spagna is a beautiful square noted for the famous Spanish Steps leading up to the Trinità dei Monti church. Nowadays, the... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Spagna, Barberini

  • Hours:

    24/7

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Piazza di Spagna Review

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Heralded and admired by the likes of John Keats, Mary Shelley, and Casanova himself, the Piazza di Spagna is a beautiful square noted for the famous Spanish Steps leading up to the Trinità dei Monti church.

Heralded and admired by the likes of John Keats, Mary Shelley, and Casanova himself, the Piazza di Spagna is a beautiful square noted for the famous Spanish Steps leading up to the Trinità dei Monti church.

Nowadays, the steps are usually crowded with tourists and stylish young Italians who gather to mingle and flirt, while the piazza and its main road, Via Condotti, have become home to Rome’s most exclusive shopping district where flagship stores like Prada and Gucci line the streets.

Despite the throngs of tourists, the piazza and steps are still impressive in terms of architecture and atmosphere, and a climb to the top at sunset reveals a wonderful panorama speckled with Renaissance domes, majestic national monuments, and the hordes of pedestrians below.

At the corner on the right as one faces the steps is the house where English poet John Keats lived and died, which is now a museum dedicated to his life and work.

Crowds at Piazza di Spagna thin considerably by 10pm, which is the best time to see the square and to lounge on the steps admiring the lights of the city.

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Tip from Emma:

Don’t be afraid to get a little refreshment with a sip of water from the Barcaccia fountain at the base of the Spanish Steps. The pure water has traveled over twenty kilometers on one of the only remaining ancient aqueducts in use and is completely safe to drink.

  • Crowd

    All types and ages, from casual travelers to fashionable young locals and well-heeled shoppers.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Architecture and people-watching. Couture fashion shows held every July on the Spanish Steps, open to both industry and the public.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Street vendors sell inexpensive beer and roasted chestnuts. A variety of restaurants, cafés, and gelaterias dot the square.

  • Prices

    Prices vary, but tend to be quite high for both food and shopping.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to dressy.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any summer evening between 8 and 11pm.

  • Close By

    More affordable options for eating and shopping are a short walk away down Via della Croce, particularly Enoteca Antica (76) and Hole in One wine bar (Rampa Mignanelli, 10) directly behind the steps. Gregory's Jazz Club (Via Gregoriana, 54a) is an excellent jazz bar offering affordable Italian cuisine, live music, and a large selection of whiskeys.

Piazza di Spagna User Reviews

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sit here and enjoy !!!
Abi M. Jul 11, 2013
sit here and enjoy it !!! ... and then run around to shopping. and meet peple from all over the world
Great place to have relax vine on the tairs
Aneta D. Jul 9, 2013
Perfect place for chilling and meeting new people all over the world. Sun-shine is amazing. Spanish spirit which I love is even present in the beautiful Roma.
Piazza di Spagna... representing the Italian cultural heritage of Rome and all Italy
Dorina u. Jul 8, 2013
You listen a lot about it... valuing from the internet is not easy. You feel in double as those imagines are just publish for this place or really is so great. Under the roman sun, students sitting on the scales, a coffee, a coke or even nothing ..just the air, the friendly and smiling people around is what you need and what this place gave to me: a good spiritual situation. Children, students ...tourists that ask you for a foto. The most famous shop which represents the italian fashion are just around you as the house of John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square) is connected to a French church ,the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti, better known as the Spanish Steps. Papal opposition caused the plans to be shelved until 1723, when the monumental staircase was built without the statue. Pope Innocent XIII appointed the Italian architect Francisco de Sanctis which presented a design that satisfied both the French and the papacy. In front of the Spanish Stairs stands the Fontana della Barcaccia.The Trinità dei Monti is a French church located on a hill overlooking the small piazza della Trinità dei Monti, from this beautiful church you can have a nice view of the city. And In the southeast part of the square stands the Colonna dell'Immacolata.
Magical in December
Gloria A. Jul 3, 2013
Luckily, I had a friend who who lived there, so they took me up the Spanish Stairs through a more scenic route. The way we came up, we got to take some incredible pictures overlooking the entire area and much of Rome as well. Since it was during the holiday season, the large Christmas tree was up in the front, and the amount of people there was unbelievable. We came through the back, so we got to the top of the stairs and worked our way to the bottom, looking down into what closely resembled a sea of ants. It was both beautiful and suffocating to see that many people together in one area. As usual, avoid the bothersome merchants if you can, but enjoy the atmosphere, especially in the day time.
More Magic in Rome
Erika H. Mar 27, 2013
“The Spanish Stairs” was one of my favorite attractions in Rome. The atmosphere and energy in Rome is unbelievable magical. Like walking through a history book. Breathtakingly beautiful, so much to take in, and the Spanish Stairs are no different. There is a huge whale fountain at the bottom, which serves an impressive view of the stairs. It may be the lighting in Rome that makes everything look so romantically beautiful, but my personal favorite was seeing the stairs at night, without the crowds of people, which make it hard to get a decent picture. They are a must see located in the centre of Rome and always worth making the trip up-even after a long night out!
very beautiful piazza
Fabrizio D. Dec 12, 2012
The Piazza of the Spanish is very famous in Rome, famous English poets write about the place. It is not pleasant sometime much peoples will try selling crap and there are much tourist here, but is very beautiful piazza and is beautiful to sit here sometime. Sometime at night is more quieter, there are not so much peoples and is more nicer when is more silence and peace. Is very beautiful the fountain and very unique. Is very nice to sit with the Italy pizza by slices or gelato by scoops in the piazza in the day.
Tourist Congestion has never looked so good
Tara R. Dec 8, 2012
I have been to the Spanish Steps at prime tourist time during the day, where hordes of people trying to sell you stuff compete with hordes of people buying said stuff or frantically taking photos so as not to miss a single moment on vacation. It’s overwhelming, but Piazza di Spagna is worth the busy hub of people who are also drawn to the history, the cute little fountain, and the wavy steps leading up to the church. I have also been to this Piazza at three o’clock in the morning when there’s no one in sight, and it’s eerie with a kind of ethereal, post-apocalyptic beauty. I’m not saying one’s better than the other, but if you get a chance to see the Piazza when it’s less hectic—and let’s face it, that probably won’t be until three in the morning—absolutely take it.
Trip Over Tourists on the Spanish Steps
Katherine J. Nov 30, 2012
The Spanish Steps evoke a time when poets lounged on Roman statuary, writing epic poems of antiquity. Or Roman Holiday, when Audrey Hepburn visited them on her one day of playing hooky from being a princess. Unfortunately some of the romance of the very beautiful Steps is now lost because the site is often completely overwhelmed by the hordes of tourists checking one more place off their to-do list. Climb up to the top- it is less crowded the further up you go.
A Wonderful Touristy Area of Rome
Anonymous Oct 6, 2012
Yes - I am still in love with Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.... who wouldn't be. And I love this area of Rome even if it is always a bit more crowded than as portrayed in that movie. I think Piazza di Spagna is the center of tourist excitement in Rome. It is at the base of the Spanish Steps and is the launching point for shopping on Via Condotti, home of designer shops and great people watching. The cross section of people in this area is apparent when you see the McDonalds very near Valentino's six story palazzo.
Great at Sunset
Paul F. Sep 12, 2012
I first came to the Spanish Steps about 15 years ago. Not much has changed since, same tourists, same fountains, same amazing sunsets and same packed crowds lazing away. When I went here it was before everyone had cell phones and we barely had email. Though when my brother (who was in Denmark at the time) said to meet up in Rome (when I was in Israel at the time) we planned a couple weeks in advance and simply said to meet at the Spanish Steps on a specific day at sunset. It all worked out nicely - sans the girls we were both dating then. But meeting up in this historic spot when we were both coming from different countries simply made it special.
Pretty But Very Touristy
Gabe L. Aug 8, 2012
The Spanish steps were cool but not that impressive to me. What I was shocked by was the number of obelisks around it. At first I thought the obelisks were only in Paris, but there are a ton right around this piazza. The place has hundreds to tourists flocking through it during the day. My friends and I went back at night and it was way quieter. There are a lot of really expensive shops all around too and these weird dudes with very high pitched voices trying to sell these silly puddy things. I think the coliseum and ruins are definitely more worth the visit if you are in Rome for a short time.
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