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  • Address: Piazza di Spagna, Rome 00187, Italy
  • Hours: Daily
  • Admission: Free

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Spanish Steps Tours

Climbing from Piazza di Spagna to the Trinità dei Monti church, the Spanish Steps is one of Rome’s most recognized landmarks, immortalized in countless postcards and films. Built between 1723 and 1725, the 138-step staircase recently underwent a meticulous cleaning, restoring the marble landmark to its former glory.

The Basics
The monumental Spanish Steps, the widest staircase in Europe, was designed by architect Francesco de Sanctis and counts among the Eternal City's most iconic tourist sites, along with such highlights as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Roman Forum. The steps are also a lively meeting places for locals, who gather at the bars and cafés around Bernini's famous Fontana della Barcaccia in the square below.

Rome tours by Segway, Vespa, or hop-on hop-off bus are a great way to see the Spanish Steps along with other famous attractions like the Colosseum (often with skip-the-line access) and Pantheon in a single day, or opt for a specialized private tour with an expert tour guide to combine a food and wine or pizza tour with your visit. For a unique look at the steps, consider joining a small-group city tour by night when the monument is dramatically lit and the crowds are thinner.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sitting, eating, and drinking on the steps is forbidden; local police strictly enforce these rules.
  • The steps are just that: stairs. As such, they are not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
  • Just adjacent to the Spanish Steps is the house where English poet John Keats lived, now a museum dedicated to his memory and works.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch for individuals who will thrust a rose or other souvenir into your hand and then demand payment.

How to Get There
The metro line A runs from the Termini train station to Piazza di Spagna.

When to Get There
The Spanish Steps are crowded most of the day, so you'll have to visit early in the morning or late at night if you want to enjoy them in relative peace. The steps are in direct sunlight almost all day, so can be hot to climb during the midday hours in summer; they are particularly photogenic in the spring, festooned with colorful flowers, and decorated with a towering Christmas tree and fairy lights during the winter holidays.

Why Spanish?
The Spanish steps were financed by French diplomat Étienne Gueffier and built to link the Trinità dei Monti Church, under the patronage of the king of France at the time, with the Spanish Square below, so-named because it was home to the Spain's embassy and considered Spanish territory in the 17th century.

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Spanish Steps and Vicus Caprarius Underground small-group tour, Rome, null
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Spanish Steps and Vicus Caprarius Underground small-group tour

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Discover two of the most important landmarks in Rome on this 2-hour tour. Begin in the Piazza di Spagna and hear of its fascinating past from your guide. ...  Read more

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Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Campo De' Fiori Market Food and Wine Tour, Rome, Historical & ... 
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Rome in a Day Tour with Electric-assist bicycle, Rome, Walking Tours
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Rome in a Day Tour with Electric-assist bicycle

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See the sights of the Eternal City on a full-day electric-assist bicycle tour, with a pizza or pasta lunch, wine and a gelato stop included! Easy and safe to ...  Read more

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Duration: 1 to 2 days

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Rome by Night Private Sightseeing Tour, Rome, Walking Tours
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Experience night-time around Rome guided by your private driver. Enjoy a romantic 2-hour panoramic tour of the city and its lights. Take your evening ride at a ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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The Best of Rome in Two Days Private Tour, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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2-Hour Rome by Night Bike Tour with Pizza, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Meet your expert guide on this 2 hour early evening tour of Rome.  Enjoy a a relaxing bike ride as you pedal past some of the most popular sites including ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Rome Highlights Walking Group Tour Rome Squares and Fountains, Rome, Night Tours
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3-hour Private Vespa Tour of Rome, Rome, Walking Tours
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3-hour Private Vespa Tour of Rome

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See Rome in a unique way! From the back of a Vespa scooter! It's the most beautiful and memorable way to experience the Eternal City, no matter if you've been ...  Read more

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