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Spanish Steps

Once you climb Europe’s longest outdoor stairs, enjoy a beautiful vista of Rome with St Peter's Basilica in the distance.

TravelCurious Tip

Check out the Piazza di Spagna’s Barcaccia Fountain, whose form of a sinking ship refers to the folk legend of a boat landing here after the 1598 flooding of the Tiber.

Walking Spanish

A walk up the Spanish Steps is undoubtedly one of the most popular forms of exercise for visitors to central Rome. Its 135 steps run from the Piazza di Spagna up to the Trinità dei Monti church, comprising the longest (and widest) flight in Europe - a climb that is well worth the view over the city.

The Spanish Steps were constructed in the 1720s, designed by Francesco de Sanctis and paid for by the French diplomat Stefano Gueffier. Despite being built with French money, the steps soon came to be known as 'Spanish' because of the Bourbon Spanish embassy at the stop.

Steps to greatness

In early years the steps were a common meeting point for artists and poets, including some of the English Romantics; John Keats came in 1820 to recover from tuberculosis, but died here one year later. The house in which he lodged, at the bottom of the steps, is now the Keats-Shelley Memorial House and holds a wonderful collection of manuscripts and memorabilia.

Today the Spanish Steps are still a great place to sit back, relax and watch the well-heeled locals go by. They are particularly beautiful in springtime, when the fanned stairway is bedecked with flowers.

The steps have also provided the stage for some local controversy in recent years. In 2008, artist Graziano Cecchini - who has also turned the Trevi Fountain blood red - released half a million rainbow-coloured balls to bounce down the steps, confusing tourists and leaving many locals unimpressed. In the same year, a man managed to drunkenly drive his car down all 138 steps with the help of some passers-by. Police spokesman Massimo Cozzoli offered some sage advice - ‘you are allowed to go down the Spanish Steps, but not in a car!’

Nearby Attractions

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Trevi Fountain
A beautiful Baroque fountain, built at the end of an ancient Roman aqueduct.
Pantheon
Perhaps ancient Rome's most astonishing architectural feat.
Piazza del Popolo
The Piazza del Popolo is one of Rome's most beautiful squares, with an important and long-standing history.
Villa Borghese Gardens
A vast and lovely scenic public park, adjoining the Borghese gallery.
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo
One of Rome's most interesting churches, displaying work by its most famous artists.
Caravaggio
An artist who heavily influenced Baroque painting whose pieces are found all around Rome.

Related Tours

Private Full Day Tour of the Highlights of Rome including tickets
Experience the magic of Rome in a day with a fully guided walking tour of the Colosseum, the historic centre and Vatican Museums with skip the line tickets. On your tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of a private expert tour guide all day.
  • Skip the line to the Colosseum and walk in the footsteps of the Gladiators!
  • Learn about the emperors who built the Flavian Amphitheatre and the opening 100 days of games. 
  • See the iconic Triumphal Arch of Constantine
  • Explore the ruins of the Roman forum, the downtown of Ancient Rome.
  • See the major highlights of Rome’s Centro Storico (historic centre) including the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. 
  • Stop for lunch in one of your guide's favourite haunts (lunch not included in the cost of the tour).
  • Hop in a taxi across town to visit the Vatican Museums. 
  • Enjoy time, skip the line entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums and a tour of its highlights, including the Pinecone courtyard, the LaocoönGalleries of the Maps and Tapestries, and the amazing Raphael Rooms. 
  • Marvel at the works of Michelangelo Buonarroti in the Sistine Chapel - the grand finale!
  • End your tour on the Balcony of the iconic St. Peter's Basilica.

Discover the religious, historical, and cultural significance of Rome, once the Caput Mundi (head of the world) on this magical full-day privately guided tour. Walk in the footsteps of slaves and emperors, gladiators and Vestal Virgins, cardinals and artists as your expert guide weaves together the stories that have made Rome the Eternal City. Relish walking into the Colosseum and step out onto the stage – the most famous monument of the ancient world. Learn about a day in the life of an ancient Roman as you stroll through the Forum admiring the temples and basilicas still standing after two millennia. 

Then plunge into the friendly hustle and bustle of ‘modern’ Rome as you walk around the historic centre, taking in such iconic sites as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the mighty Pantheon – the largest man made cement dome with an oculus in the world. And it was built in the second century! After a pit stop for lunch, hop in a taxi across town where your guide will lead you through the hallowed halls of the Vatican Museums to wonder and marvel at the masterpieces from antiquity and those extraordinary, god-like rivals of the High Renaissance: Michelangelo and Raphael. On exiting the Sistine Chapel your tour will end on the iconic balcony of St Peter’s Basilica. 

Note: Due to Covid restrictions, it may not be possible to access the Basilica's terrace while on tour. In these cases, your tour will end inside the Vatican Museums and your guide will provide you with tips on when to visit the Basilica to avoid any lines.

The Heart of Rome Private tour: Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
Enjoy a city stroll, where your private guide will introduce you to the city’s Ancient Roman history and Baroque architecture while showing you the city’s major landmarks and helping you orient. On your private walking tour, you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of a private tour guide
  • See the major highlights in Rome city centre in just 3 hours
  • Stop for a delicious Gelato on us!
  • See Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori and Ponte Sisto!
  • Step inside the over 2000 years old Pantheon – one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings in existence.
  • Make a wish at the stunning Trevi Fountain and learn about the various myths behind the coins in the fountain. 
  • Climb the 135 steps of the magnificent Spanish Steps ((if you wish) that lead to the beautiful Trinita dei Monti Church.
  • Get orientated in the city, and get tips from your guide on where to eat and drink
  • Please note: This tour can run day or night. The night tour is very romantic but could also be ghostly! Either way, simply book an evening departure and let your guide know on the day of the tour the type of stories you wish to hear.

Sure, you have heard the phrase ‘Rome was not built in a day, but to truly understand that, one must walk the city with an expert to show you the layers of ancient civilization and ruins piled into the now-modern city. Often called the “Eternal City”, Rome is undoubtedly one of the most historically and culturally rich cities in the world. In the heart of Rome, you’ll come across the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona – two landmarks that date back to the Roman Empire; in addition, you’ll have the opportunity to see amazing architecture like the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps from the Rococo (late-Baroque) period. 

This three-hour walking tour is designed to give you the perfect overview of the city, as it includes some of the most beautiful attractions in the historic centre. This tour of the heart of Rome– more than any other, mixes the ancient with the late Baroque in a way that only Rome could. It is a great introduction to the magic in Rome. 

Caravaggio Private Walking Tour: Life and Work of A Genius
Go on an outstanding tour of Caravaggio's finest works in Rome, and delve into his troubled but brilliant soul.

  • Explore the stunning Contarelli Chapel, next to Caravaggio’s residence in the city.
  • Admire some of the artist’s most famous work at the San Luigi dei Francesi and Cerasi Chapel.
  • See famous Caravaggio’s work that was inspired by St Peter and St Paul. 
Few people’s lives have involved the same blend of mystery, murder and genius as the master Caravaggio. On this tour you will see his best work, learn about the interesting stories of his life and be transported back to Rome at the time. First, you will see the stories of St. Matthew come to life in the Contarelli Chapel in San Luigi dei Francesi. You will appreciate Caravaggio’s stunning style and get to compare his work to that of his mentor at the time.

The tour continues at your own pace through Campo Marzio, the neighbourhood where Caravaggio killed a man in 1606; your tour guide will tell the full story of this dramatic episode of his life. You will also be taken through the Piazza de Popolo, the elegant square that is home to the Saint Mara del Popolo – where you will find Caravaggio’s Vocation of Saint Paul; and the Crucifixion of Saint Peter in the Cerasi Chapel.
The Heart of Rome For Kids at Night Private Walking Tour
Designed with families in mind, this three-hour walking tour invites kids to fall in love with Rome. Discuss legends & myths from the Roman Empire, flick a coin into the Trevi Fountain, and strike a pose outside Rome's iconic buildings- this experience is sure to keep the entire family entertained! 

  • Climb the 135 steps of the magnificent Spanish Steps that lead to the beautiful Trinita dei Monti Church
  • Make a wish with your family at the stunning Trevi Fountain and learn about the various myths behind the coins in the fountain. 
  • Step inside the over 2000 years old Pantheon – one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings in existent. 
  • Explore the stunning Piazza Navona with your family.

There’s a popular saying that “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and there’s evidence of this throughout the city. Often referred to as the “Eternal City”, Rome has undoubtedly one of the most historically and culturally rich cities in the world. It is particularly beautiful at night-time. 

In the heart of Rome, you’ll come across the Pantheon and the Pizza Navona – two landmarks that date back to the Roman Empire; in addition, you’ll have the opportunity to see amazing architecture like the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps from the Rococo (late-Baroque) period. 
Heart Of Rome Private Golf Cart Tour
Cruise through Rome's highlights as you sit back and relax in your private golf cart.

Discover the real Rome: the hidden back streets that only a small vehicle or pedestrians can access. 
Mobility is not an issue: be driven right to the doorstep of buildings and through areas where cars aren't allowed to drive.

  • Visit the magnificent Spanish Steps that lead to the beautiful Trinita dei Monti Church
  • Make a wish at the stunning Trevi Fountain and learn about the various myths behind the coins in the fountain. 
  • Step inside the over 2000 years old Pantheon – one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings in existence. 
  • See the Colosseum (outside) Piazza NavonaPiazza Venezia and Campo De' Fiori.
  • Enjoy the personalised attention of a private tour guide
  • Combine the intimacy of a walking tour with the comfort of a driving tour.

Often referred to as the “Eternal City”, Rome is undoubtedly one of the most historically and culturally vibrant cities in the world. Here, you will come across the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona – two landmarks that date back to the Roman Empire; in addition, you’ll have the opportunity to see the amazing architecture of the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps from the Rococo (late-Baroque) period. 

This four-hour golf cart tour is designed to give you a perfect overview of the city: visit the key sites in the centre and be shown all the best-hidden haunts and local hangouts that you might otherwise miss. A golf-cart tour allows you to access parts of the city that cars and tour buses cannot. Stop off at attractions or for gelato whenever you feel like it, go for a wander through Rome’s winding cobbled streets and save your energy for the rest of the day by hopping back on your golf cart, which will be waiting, ready to whisk you away to your next destination. A great way to experience the magic of Rome in a comfortable and flexible manner – and your experience will be unaffected by the weather! 
Private Family Scavenger Hunt in Rome
Experience the alleyways, monuments, and secrets of Rome in a stimulating way, through a family scavenger hunt! 

  • Commence your scavenger hunt at Piazza di Spagna 
  • Answer riddles and map out your route 
  • Journey through the historic centre of Rome
  • Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain  
  • See historical sights such as the Pantheon, and Navona Square 
This entertaining activity starts at Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps, where you will be given advice and information before embarking on an adventure. Continue your hunt through the historic centre of Rome, and keep your eyes open for clues along the way- passing Trevi Fountain and paying a visit to the Pantheon.  This is a chance to explore Rome in a stimulating way, and invites kids to work together to win a prize. There is an ice-cream included too! 
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