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.
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!’
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