ROME — Piazza di Spagna and Around

This is the area around the Spanish Steps and in this small area there are a number of interesting sights. This area is always full of people and contains some of the most elegant shops in Rome.

The sights found here are:
Pizza di Spagna
Keats-Shelley House
Spanish Steps
Fontana della Barcaccia
Chiesa Trinità dei Monti
Colonna dell’Immacolata
Via dei Condotti

Piazza di Spagna

Piazza di Spagna
This long, triangular square found at the bottom of the Spanish Steps was named after the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. In the 17th century, the area around the embassy was considered Spanish territory.

Keats-Shelley House
This is to the right of the Spanish Steps if you are facing them. It is where Keats died of consumption aged 25 in 1821. He had arrived only a year earlier hoping to improve his failing health in the Italian climate. The house contains an extensive collection of paintings, objects and manuscripts celebrating the lives of Keats, Shelley and Byron. It has a comprehensive library dedicated to the late British Romantic Poets including locks of Milton and Elizabeth Barrett’s hair and a manuscript and poem by Oscar Wilde. There are also first editions and letters by Wordsworth; Robert Browning; Joseph Severn and Charles and Mary Cowden.
For further information visit the website at http://www.keats-shelley-house.org

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps
This long staircase joins the Piazza di Spagna with the Trinità die Monti. The stairs were commissioned by Pope Innocent X111 to be built in 1723 by Francisco de Sanctis, an Italian architect. This magnificent staircase consists of 137 steps with over 12 different flights. they are usually crowded and is used as a gathering place for both locals and tourists.

Traveller's Tip

Be warned that you can be fined if you are caught eating on the Spanish Steps.

Fontana della Barcaccia
This fountain is found at the foot of the Spanish Steps in the Piazza different Spagna. It was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. the design of a small boat was inspired by the flooding of the Tevere in 1598 when a small boat was left here when the waters subsided.

Trinita dei Monti

Chiesa Trinità dei Monti
This is a beautiful French church found at the top of the Spanish Steps. The gothic church with a renaissance facade has two bell towers. Inside you will find paintings by a pupil of Michaelangelo, Daniel de Volterra.

Traveller's Tip

The view from the steps outside the church is stunning and well worth the climb.
Colonna dell Immacolata

Colonna dell’Immacolata
You will find this column in the Piazza Mignanelli which is to the right of the Piazza Spagna. It was built in 1857 to celebrate Pope Pius 1X’s declaration of the Immaculate Conception. At the top of the column is a statue of the Virgin Mary and each year on the 8 December local firemen climb a ladder t put a wreath on her arm.

Via dei Condotti
This is Rome’s most elegant shopping street containing all the well known brands including Chanel; Gucci; Ferragamo and Louis Vitton. Here you will also find the famous Cafe Grecco, which was once the haunt of writers and musicians.