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Spanish Steps

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Ranked #15 in Rome Can't Miss Attractions
Open Open 24 hours
Recommended sightseeing time:1-2 hours
Address:Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Rome, Italy

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One of Rome's most famous landmarks, Spanish Steps, stand in the middle of a high end shopping district whick makes them a perfect meeting point for tourists and locals alike. 135 steps lead from the Spanish Square below to the upper Piazza Trinita dei Monti, small square dominated by a pretty twin tower church. After visiting the church, you can marvel at the panoramic city views from its terrace.At the foot of the steps you'll find a curious little fountain depicting a sinking ship. The Ugly Boat Fountain was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini's father, Pietro. There's no lack of myths and legends in ancient or modern Rome. One such legend claims that in creating the fountain P. Bernini was inspired by an actual 16th century event when a fishing boat ended up on that exact same spot, in the middle of the square, carried by a flooding river. In reality, Bernini intended to resolve an issue of low water pressure with his design.Keats - Shelley Museum stands at the right foot of the stairs, housed in a building where Keats once lived and died.Spanish Steps have long been a favored spot for sitting down, relaxing, perhaps even having a snack. You'll be ill-advised to continue this practice today. Just sitting on the Steps, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, might cost you 250 euros. As with other popular Roman tourist spots, the best time to visit is early morning. You'll have the place much to yourself. Via del Babuino, one of Rome's high streets, will take you down to another popular square - Piazza del Popolo.


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