Why the Spanish Steps are so famous

Why the Spanish Steps are so famous

If you’re planning to visit Rome, make sure you check out Rome’s Spanish steps, or the Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti as they are known in Italy.

If you’re planning to visit Rome, make sure you check out Rome’s Spanish steps, or the Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti as they are known in Italy. It’s a famous focal point for local people and tourists alike. At Venice Events we regularly include a visit to the Spanish Steps in our Discovering Rome Elite tour, so collectively the team has shared many facts about the Spanish Steps with our guests over time. Here are our top six facts on why the Spanish Steps are so famous:

Appearances on the silver screen

The image of the Spanish Steps is well known, even to those who have not yet paid a visit to them. That may be because they have made numerous appearances on the silver screen – including in some iconic films, like the 1950s film Roman Holiday, which starred Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. More recently the Spanish Steps were visible in Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley from 1999 and Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts in 2010.

The most photographed place in Rome

In a study by Google in 2014, the Spanish Steps were named as the most photographed area in all of Rome. This is not surprising when you consider what a lovely backdrop they form – particularly for those taking photographs to remember their holidays in Italy by. Their design is quite unique involving a mix of curves, straight flights, terraces and vistas.

Focal point for artists

The steps were built between 1723 and 1725. In the 18th Century they became a meeting place for artists thanks to their unique design, which the artists found inspirational. Even today you can find artists at work on the steps.

An iconic meeting place

When they were first built, women lingered on the steps hoping to be the muses of the artists who worked there. This meant that the great and the good of Rome also congregated there as a result. It was the place to be seen.

The home of a famous poet

The Spanish Steps Rome are right next to the house where the English poet John Keats once lived. The house is now a museum that has recorded his life and works. The Keats-Shelley Memorial House also commemorates Percy Bysshe Shelley and holds an extensive collection of letters, works and memorabilia dedicated to both as well as Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Oscar Wilde and Byron.

The Spanish Steps are a focal point for seasonal and one-off celebrations.

At various times of the year, the steps are even more of a focal point. In December, a crib that dates from the 1800s is placed on the bottom section of the steps. Then, in the spring, the steps are in bloom with pink Azalea plants, celebrating the anniversary of the eternal city’s founding.

Rome’s Spanish Steps are as popular as they are famous. In the autumn of 2016, the steps were fully reopened after a period of refurbishment. The refurbishment was sponsored by the Italian fashion brand Bulgari and it has had fabulous results. At Venice Events, we include the Spanish Steps Rome in our popular Baroque Rome private tour, which takes in the most famous squares, fountains and palaces of Baroque art.

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