A trip to Rome is something that is not easily to be forgotten. The charme of the city is strong, both at daytime and nighttime. You’ll feel living something in between dream and reality, with an overwhelming hope it may last forever. While you’ll probably spend your days visiting the beautiful gardens, villas and open air museums, it is very likely that you’ll end up visiting the Spanish Steps at night, surrounded by the beautiful sounds of the city and the chitchatting of the other hundreds of visitors.
While living the magic of these moments, have you ever stopped wondering why the most famous steps of the capital city of Italy are called Spanish?
This monumental stairway of 135 steps was built between 1723-1725 and the works were actually financed by French diplomat Étienne Gueffier. The aim was to link the the Trinità dei Monti church, which was under the patronage of the king of France, with the Spanish square below. This square was indeed considered Spanish territory, as it was surrounding the palace of the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. The original and modest plan was actually to erect a statue of King Louis XIV of France at the top of the staircase. The plan was in the end never completed, due to the refusal of the Pope.
Yet the origins of one most important and symbolic places in this Italian city are to be found in diplomatic matters. Be sure to find all the curiosities of this spot during our Rome Night tour!
The square below and the stairs are always bristling with people.
During Springtime, just before the anniversary of the foundation of Rome, April 21st, part of the steps color up, covered by azaleas. Feel free to sit on the stairs, take pictures and loose time watching the crowd passing by. However, remember that it is not the right place for eating lunch, and it is actually forbidden by urban regulations. And most importantly, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Spanish Stairs also at night!