Sunday, 11 September 2011

Spanish Steps Rome

Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy
Sitting on the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy
The Spanish steps in Rome are popularly known amongst locals and tourists as Piazza di Spagna. This steps are the longest and the widest steps I have seen in Europe.  At the top is where you’ll find the beautiful French church called Trinita Dei Monti, which was built in 1585.  It’s a beautiful church and you can also hear the choirs singing in Latin.  At the bottom you’ll find the fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia in the Piazza di Spagna.  

Majority of tourists or even locals hangout by the fountain and as well as on the steps drinking beers or water.  You will be surprised by the amount of tourists gathering within Piazza di Spagna as you cannot get a decent photo of yourself without having strangers included in a photo shot.  

Shops near Spanish Steps

Nearby the Spanish Steps you’ll find many shops along Via del Corso, Via del Babuino, Via Ripetta, Via Condotti, Via Bocca di Leone  and all the other little streets along the way.  These shops range from the luxurious through to the most exclusive and expensive boutiques.   Within this area you’ll definitely find a whole lot of designer shops such as Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss, Gucci, Chanel, Burberry, Bulgary, Moschino, Luis Vuiton, Prada, Valentino, Versace and many more.  I find that this is a very upper market area (thanks to the presence of the designer shops).  However, you’ll also find some reasonable shops.  Finding a good place to shop in Rome it’s not as easy as you think it is.  I actually had to look through my Rome Budget Travel Guide book again to ensure that I was buying clothes that were affordable and of good quality - it also helps to purchase a good Rome Budget Travel Guide book.

Hotels in Spanish Steps 

There are plenty of hotels near the Spanish Steps that range from 2 stars through to 5 stars.  My personal view is that the majority of hotels that are close to Spanish steps are usually the most expensive ones.  I would suggest booking your hotel away from all the touristic spots.  Before my stay I found the perfect hotel by buying my own Rome Budget Travel Guide Book.  The hotel was close to Saint Peters Basilica called Hotel Joli, which is also not far away from the Spanish Steps.

a beautiful view of the Piazza di Spagna with hundreds of tourist from the Spanish Steps
Piazza di Spagna - view from the Spanish Steps Rome

Restaurants in Spanish Steps

There are lots of pricey (and budget) restaurants within the area however if you are new to the country while touring in Rome it’s important to have a travel guide book, especially for finding nice restaurants to eat at.  During my holiday in Rome I always carried my Rome Budget Travel Guide Book as I did not want to walk into an expensive restaurant without knowing or reading any reviews from a respected travel guide.  Having a travel guide book really helped me a lot in choosing the best restaurants at the Spanish steps.  Be aware that the most expensive restaurants in Spanish steps are usually closer to the centre.

Most of all, the Spanish Steps is worthwhile visiting as you get to indulge in the beauty and the romantic feel of the place itself.  My first impression of this place is it’s overcrowded with tourists yet it looks absolutely magnificent and romantic.  However be aware of those street peddlers and scammers who will try to sell you roses (they can be quite annoying and forceful).  Also be vigilant of your belongings as there are a few pick pocketers roaming around the area.  Before I forget to mention the flowers along the sides are also beautiful and it surely adds to the beauty of the Spanish steps.  Moreover, the fountain, the widest steps and the church above the steps are incredibly striking so you cannot miss visiting the Spanish Steps on your visit to Rome.

View from Spanish Steps
Romantic place in Rome the Spanish Steps
Spanish Steps - behind is the church
most romantic place in the world Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

most beautiful place in the world spanish steps rome
Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy
A beautiful view of the church from Piazza di Spagna

Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy
The church by the Spanish Steps in Rome

Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy
The street lamp at the Spanish Steps in Rome

piazza di spagna and the spanish steps
Piazza di Spagna in Rome, Italy

most romantic place in the world piazza di spagna & spanish steps
Piazza di Spagna in Rome, Italy
Have a wonderful day :)


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post thank you for sharing!!

Emma said...

It's beautiful thank you for sharing. This is my favourite place in rome. I went there last week.

Marjolyn Lago (Marj):Design Fashion Travel Destinations said...

Your welcome :) I'm glad that you like it guys!! Can't wait to go back there :)

Jen said...

loved it there but it was always so crowded! :)

Marjolyn Lago (Marj):Design Fashion Travel Destinations said...

@Jen: Yeah absolutely over crowded :) I could hardly get a decent photo without having a stranger included in a photo lol.. nevertheless I still enjoyed it and definitely worth coming back!

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