Piazza di Spagna - Spanish Steps, Rome

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    Spanish Steps

    by rachel_sun Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Favorite Thing: Here i am climbing the Spanish Steps.Most sights in Rome are very close together and easy to walk to.I was surprized just how close most things were.But remember to take a nice comfy pair of walking shoes as you will find yourself wondering miles.
    Especially around all those wonderful shops;)

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    Visit Spanish Steps(More pics...

    by zheyy Updated Sep 14, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit Spanish Steps
    (More pics are in Travelogue ^^)

    Fondest memory: I guess the first time I knew it was from the movie 'Holiday in Rome'. I do have bunches of imagination about it...

    That day when I strolled in Rome with my friend, I was almost lost. We walked through narrow alleys again and again, - actually I enjoyed experiencing Rome by this way: with no definite destination, just to encounter everything by chance.
    It was dusk, we were going along a street and saw the beautiful sunset just performacing on the front end of this road. We started to run and wanted to catch the amazing shot. However, the road seemed too long, also because after one-day walking, my feet were so painful.
    I couldn't run fast, just kept going. The sky turned darker little by little.
    'Running, hi, don't give up.'my friend encouraged me.
    I know many beautiful moments may only come once, you can never expect when to meet them again.
    Anyhow we got to highest place of the road before the end of sunset. I realized right that moment I was in Spanish Square!

    Lots of people were there enjoying the scene. I leaned by the rail, thinking I might say THANKS to sunset because it waited for me.

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    Visit the Spanish Steps

    by seagoingJLW Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Looking Down the Spanish Steps

    Favorite thing: Visit the Spanish Steps. Try to see it from the bottom. That's where everybody gets great pictures. Unfortunately, we were at the top and there was no way in the World that I was about to climb any more steps. So-- here you have an unusual picture of the Spanish Steps--looking down.

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  • These are the Spanish steps......

    by scooter3 Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Favorite thing: These are the Spanish steps... This area is filled with numerous $$$ shops... and very near to the subway... There is a lot of good shopping in Rome, but I wouldn't suggest this area, unless you have a lot of money to spend on Designer names...

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    by Andrew_Liu Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Fondest memory: SPAGNA SQUARE
    Many years ago I read an article in which said that Italian is one of the most smart on the world. It¡¯s true. When I visit the great steps on Spagna square, I saw some policemen being on their duty. Smart face and luxurious uniform make me getting them into my camera. While I was pressing the button, a beautiful girl came into camera lens. Hero and beauty are often being the theme of novel, film, opera, TV drama, etc. I hadn¡¯t thought it become the theme of my picture this time.

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    Spanish Steps at Night

    by syllybabe Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Walk to the sights starting at the Spanish Steps to the Parliament, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori, Campidoglio, The Roman Forum and the Colosseum.
    Grab a map and walk all these places pretty easily the whole day, stopping at cafes and restaurants whenever hunger strikes.

    Fondest memory: Sitting in front of the Spanish steps at midnight when it was practically deserted. Cold because it was February but absolutely romantic!

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    • Architecture
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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    by funnyl Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Early one morning we took the metro to Spagna to see the Spanish Steps, when you get out of the metro it seems like a small square and then you turn to your right and see the Steps properly with a beautiful fountain in front. We climbed the Steps which had so many people sitting and doing nothing even at 8:30am, to the church above it. From there we got a great view of Rome, not too high up but nice to see.
    We walked down the Via Condotti from the Spanish Steps and then some more, to the Fontana di Trevi. On the way, which was not more than 15 mins, we passed small piazzas and beautiful churches. The Fountain is beautiful and I loved it, there were hordes of people there though. We threw a coin each to return and many pictures and then walked to the Pantheon which is awesome. From there we walked to the Piazza Navona which has three incredible fountains/statues and cafes around it, its really as pretty as its talked about.
    When you go to the Colosseo, do take the metro, as you get out of the station the immense building looms up and its a shock.
    The Roman Forum and Palatine is very close and worth looking at for the so ancient buildings.
    From there Piazza Venezia is 5 minutes walk and truly like a wedding cake!

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    visit Spanish Steps and...

    by Roeffie Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: visit Spanish Steps and Trinita dei Monti.

    The Trinita dei Monti church was established by the French in 1495. In the 17th century the French owners of the Trinita dei Monti church decided to connect the church with the Piazza di Spagna. That was the sign to build the Spanish Steps. Often the Spanish Steps are filled with beautiful flowers.

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    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: PIAZZA DI SPAGNA
    Often referred to as the Spanish Steps, the stairs are a meeting place for many romans and tourists, and a wonderful place to watch at people. At the top of the steps is the Trinità dei Monti, built in 1495. In the 1720s the French owners of the church built the steps to make a link with the Piazza below. The Fontana della Barcaccia, at the base, is a modest design as the water pressure that feds it is very low. It was maybe the famous, Gian Bernini, but his lesser known father, Pietro, is more likely.

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    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: KEATS-SHELLEY HOUSE
    Piazza Di Spagna, 26, 00187, Rome, Italy / Telephone 39/6/678 4235. Fax 39/6/678/4167
    Situated on the Spanish steps, the house is part of Roman Folklore. For generations the Piazza di Spagna has been visited by architects, painters, musicians and poets who all lodged here. Tobias Smollet, George Eliot, Goethe, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, the Brownings, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde and Joyce were just a few of the many who were attracted and inspired by the celebrated 'centro storico'.

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    Visit 'The Spanish Steps'...

    by chrissyalex Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit 'The Spanish Steps' Built in the 17th century, they got there name from the Piazza di Spagna at the base of the steps. There is great window shopping along Via Condotti which stretches away from the steps. ie Gucci,Prada etc.

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    sit on the Spanish...

    by flyme2rio Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: sit on the Spanish Steps,
    visit the Catacombs,
    walk around the Colosseum and Roman Forum,
    visit the Vatican

    Fondest memory: having breakfast on the rooftop of a hotel at the top of the Spanish Steps, looking out over the city while eating warm croissant and drinking expresso

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    Stand at the very top of the...

    by cuckoo Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Stand at the very top of the Spanish Steps in the early evening,with the sun setting, and amaze yourself with the view!

    Fondest memory: My fondest memories of Rome are visiting the Christmas market in the Piazza Navona with my son and two young nephews, and just walking for hours around the city,enjoying the sights, sounds, smells and tastes.

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    Visit the PIAZZA DI SPAGNA and...

    by drolkar Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the PIAZZA DI SPAGNA and THE SPANISH STEPS. The square got its name after the Spanish Embassy was established here in 1646, and the steps were added in 1725. The 16th-century church at the top of the steps is the TRINITA DEI MONTI and, for enthusiasts of the English Romantic poets, the Keats-Shelley Memorial House is No. 26 in the square.

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    by arkadia Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Piazza di Spagna is one of the most caracteristiques squares in town. 270 meters, divided in 2 triangular areas. The square takes its name from the PALAZZO DI SPAGNA, seat since the 17th century of the Spanish ambassador to the Holy See. It’s famous for it’s magnificent buildings, elegant shops, and for the illustrious personages who stayed here in the past.

    The Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti (or the Spanish steps) leads to the equally famous Piazza di Trinità dei Monti with the Sallustian obelisk.
    The theatrical effect of these famous steps and their powerful evocative quality is part of the history of the image of the city.
    It was built entirely in travertine by Francesco De Sanctis, between 1723 and 1726.

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