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Spanish Steps

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Rome, Italy.

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This beautiful sweeping staircase of curves, straight flights, vistas and terraces dates back to 1723. It rises from the Piazza di Spagna to the silhouette of the twin towers of Trinità dei Monti (Trinity of the Mountains), and you can also see one of the 12 Egyptian obelists found in Rome. Despite the name, it was actually the French who built the steps which lead up to the French church. But the Spanish embassy used to reside at the bottom, and the name of the steps was given accordingly. In the 18th century, the Spanish Steps were a meeting place for both artists and models. Now, the staircase serves as one of the most popular tourist destinations, especially in May when it is covered with bright pink azaleas. At the bottom of the steps lies yet another attraction – the famous fountain La Barcaccia. The fountain was designed by Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo, and if it drink from it, legend says you will be blessed with good luck.

Written by  Tara Fuller.

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