The Spanish Steps, another of Rome’s famous tourist attractions, are so called because they are situated in the Piazza di Spagna (or Square of Spain) home to the Spanish Embassy. Apart from that they have little or no other connection to Spain, being designed by an Italian and paid-for with French money.
The 135 step staircase, built in 1725, links the piazza to the Trinità dei Monti, the late-Renaissnce Roman Catholic church that stands at the top of the steps and provides some great views of the city.
Unlike the cramped surroundings of the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps are an engaging place to sit and watch the world go by for awhile or to indulge in a spot of people watching.
© Mark Simms Photography (2019)