Places Around Spanish Steps
Spanish Steps are located on the Piazza di Spagna in the city centre. It’s the longest and wildest staircase with its 138 steps. The Steps were designed by Francesco de Sanctis in the beginning of 18th century, and that time it was called Trinita dei Monti after the church that dominates the square from above.
At the bottom of the Spanish Steps you can see Barcaccia fountain. This fountain is remarkable for a sinking ship statue which symbolises a flood that took place in 1598. There is a legend that a fishing boat was carried away by the flood of the river, and was found at that exact spot.
Spanish Steps with its ramps and stairs provide a convenient connection with the Trinita Church, as well as add something to the image of the city. Since it was constructed, the Spanish Steps became one of the most popular sights in Rome.