"Scalinata Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps), Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 29th April 2011
Famous all over the world as the Spanish steps, it was realized in 1723-1726 by the project of F.De Sanctis. The idea to create it was caused by the necessity to make an appropriate access to the French church of Trinita' dei Monti. It is made of 137 steps all of travertine, and gives an impression of lightness and harmony. The Scalinata was built on a legacy of money of a French representative in Rome, Stephan Gueffier, who died in 1660. Starting from 1951 in April and May every year the Scalinata is covered by the exposition of azaleas, but all the rest of the time it is usually covered by tourists and Romans, who turned it into the most famous in Rome meeting place.
On the right of the Spanish Steps is a famous Pink House (18th century) in which a British poet John Keats died in the age of 25, in 1821. He was advised by a doctor to spend the winter in Rome hoping on a mild Roman climate, but the poet died three month later after his arrival here from tuberculosis, on February 23. Now it houses Keats-Shelley Museum dedicated to the English writers J.Keats, P.B.Shelley, G.G.Byron and L.Hunt, all of whom spent much time in Italy.
The Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the church of Trinità dei Monti. The Scalinata is the widest staircase in Europe. If you climb the steps to the top, you will find Piazza Trinita dei Monti. The artist’s market here is a small hidden treasure from the land below as it sits behind the top barrier of the steps. There are stalls set up for pre printed pictures, paintings and sketch artists for those who have the time to sit and pose to have their likeness drawn. Trinita dei Monti provides a gorgeous back drop to this artist’s market, looming over the Spanish Steps and Piazza Spagna below.
The stairway unfolds in a series of rectilinear, curvilinear, concave and convex ramps and terraces, which lead up to the upper piazza and the church of 'Trinità dei Monti'. This church, with its ornate façade and twin bell towers, was built as a place of worship, for the faithful of Rome, by the French government. Inside are two 16th century frescoes by Daniele da Volterra (Assumption and Deposition). The piazza in front of the church offers an unforgettable view; of the steps, the piazza, all the way down Via Condotti, to the domes of San Carlo al Corso and St Peter's.
Scalinata Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps)
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campo Marzio (P.Spagna-P.Popolo-Pincio) (Roma centro)
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