The Spanish Steps are one of the main attractions in Rome. A monumental stairway linking the Trinità dei Monti Church on the upper hill to the Piazza di Spagna square at the bottom, one of the most famous squares owning its naming to the location of the Spanish embassy among the Holy See during the Bourbon period.
Visiting the Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps were built in 1723-1725 by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi while financed by French diplomat Étienne Gueffier. The fountain on the square called the Fontana della Barcaccia is believed to have been built by the famous baroque sculptor Pietro Bernini.
This place is one of the emblems of Rome from the Romanticism era, when John Keats used to live in the building right next to the stairs (now turned into the Keats and Shelly Memorial House) to more modern times, with cinema and video appearances such as the Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck movie Roman Holidays and the more recent The Talented Mr Ripley.
Staying close to the Spanish Steps
The area surrounding the Spanish Steps is a popular choice for tourist accommodation, however typically a more expensive one if you want to book a room right across the square and in the surrounding streets.
Although situated on the other side of the river Tiber, Hotel Mellini is only 15 minutes away on foot from the Spanish Steps and may be a better option for a cheap break in Rome. Find out more about our availability to book your hotel in Rome near the Spanish Steps!