The Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna
Note - The Spanish Steps are being renovated, an
activity that is scheduled to last into 2017.
The Spanish Steps at the Piazza di Spagna lead uphill to the
church Trinita dei Monte. Known formally as the Scalinata della
Trinita, the "Steps" are one of the most scenic and popular
meeting places in Rome. In May, the steps are adorned with
azaleas and are extraordinarily beautiful. It is rare to find
a time when the Spanish Steps are empty, so expect large crowds on
the Steps and in the Piazza.
Although the Spanish Steps are enchanting at night, we recommend
that you avoid this area in the late evening due to the presence of
too many hucksters, con men and pick pockets. Of course, if
you like crowds this is the place to be - just closely watch your
steps were built to connect the Spanish Embassy to the Vatican,
located in the Piazza di Spagna, with the French church Trinita dei Monti, which is up a relatively steep hill. The Piazza was given the name Spagna due to the presence of the
Spanish Embassy to the Vatican, which remains in the square to this
The "Steps" were added in the 18th century, a time when the House of
Bourbon ruled in France, Spain, Naples and Sicily. The 138
Spanish Steps are known for their width, size and impressive
The Trinita dei Monti church at the top of the hill dates from the
16th century and features a single nave with several side altars.
The Sunday mass is in French.
In addition to its well-known attractions, there are several shops and
restaurants (including one serving waffles) in the Piazza, but prices can be fairly hefty due to the popularity of the area.
Adjacent to the Piazza are several streets where the
shopping is quite good.