The Spanish Steps, built in the Italian capital by order of the French, is the widest staircase in Europe, a monumental scalatina deployed on three levels and 138 steps, financed by King Louis XV, born of a desire to connect the French church of Trinita dei Monti to the Piazza di Spagna below. Completed in 1726, it has ever since been inextricably linked to the social and cultural life of the city. Frequented by Keats and his dandy friends in the 19th century, in the 20th it was the setting for many cinematic masterpieces.
It is not uncommon these days to see lovers here, especially in spring, when pink azaleas line both sides, casting a romantic pink light. Come lounge on its majestic steps, impromptu terraces on which to watch the sun go down over Rome.
The Spanish Steps
Piazza di Spagna