First of all, I didn’t find romance at the Spanish Steps in Rome. Not even a wisp breath of ardour. And that’s because the place is infested with tourists, like me. 😀 I can only imagine at night when lovers would smooch on the stairs and whisper promises only to be broken later. 😀 But surely, you’ve seen this place from the movie, “Roman Holiday” or that TV show, “Everybody Loves Raymond.” And oh, if you’re a Bob Dylan fan, you might have heard this place in his song, “When I Paint My Masterpiece.”
Why it’s called Spanish Steps? There used to be a Spanish Embassy in the area and at the bottom of the steps, you’ll find Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Plaza). Naturally its name is extended into the steps – thus, it became Spanish Steps. 😀
The Steps. There are exactly 135 steps that go up to the Trinita dei Monti on top of the hill. The church was built by the French and the steps are said to be the symbol of French-Spanish relationship.
The View. Once you reach the hill, you’ll have a partial view of Rome’s skyline. I think, the view is so much better here in the morning than in the afternoon.
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John Keat’s House. The English writer was one of the romantic writers who romanticized the Spanish Steps. If you’re on your way up, John’s house the first on the right. Now, it’s a museum that contains a lot of the writer’s memorabilia. He lived and died here in 1821 due to tuberculosis.
Don’t Miss. There’s a fountain at the foot of the stairs.The locals call it, “Fountain of the Ugly Boat.” See it for yourself and you’ll find why. 🙂 Don’t miss staring at the Obelisk in the middle of the Spanish Plaza. Just stare. It won’t bite you, I promise! 😀
Nearby Attraction. You can walk to the Trevi Fountain.
Money-Saving Tip in Rome and Vatican
Rome and the Vatican are packed with places to see and history to marvel at. If you’re going to stay there for a few days only, it’s very impossible to squeeze and see everything you want to see. This Rome & Vatican Pass will let you see the places you’ve been dying to visit and known of from the pages of history books.
Hostel Alessandro Palace and Bar is your best bet in Rome. This hostel exceeded my expectations. The spacious rooms are secured with magnetic key cards and equipped with safe lockers for your valuables. You have to bring your own lock though. If you forgot to bring one, you can always buy one in their vending machine downstairs. They also have a bar that serves your alcohol needs. The staff are friendly and speaks English, too. The area has a lot of cafes, restaurants and grocery shops. The Roman Colosseum is 30 minutes and the Trevi Fountain is 20 minutes walk from here. But, most of all, it’s less than 5 minutes walk to the Rome Central Station. Trains to the airport and to another parts of Italy start and end in this station. You can book Hostel Alessandro Palace and Bar in Rome via HostelWorld and Booking.