Besides visiting the Colosseum and the most important Roman remains, almost everyone when thinking of Rome dreams of themselves walking down the spectacular staircase leading to Piazza di Spagna, especially those who have seen “Roman Holiday".
The scenes of the 1953 blockbuster movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck riding the iconic Vespa were shot right in this square!
The staircase – considered the most famous one in the world – with its sinuous flight of 136 steps is indeed the most characteristic element of the square. Piazza di Spagna, whose name comes from the Spanish Embassy which resided there in the early 17th century, is located amidst some of the most loved works of art of Rome, such as the graceful Barcaccia Fountain by Bernini, and the beating heart of shopping. Via Condotti, but also via del Babuino, two of the city’s must-go streets for luxury shopping enthusiasts, are just a stone’s throw from the Piazza.
Piazza di Spagna holds a special place also in the hearts of fashion lovers, serving as background – often during the summer months – to prestigious fashion shows in which models descend the 136 steps of the nearby staircase dressed in wonderful creations by Italian designers. To enjoy the best the Eternal city has to offer, climb the stairs of the long staircase for a fantastic view of the city – without forgetting to take a picture of the characteristic obelisk – and visit the stunning church of Trinità dei Monti at the very top.
If you want to feel surrounded by art and style, just stroll down Piazza di Spagna!