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Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) free

Piazza di Spagna | Rome 00187
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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Another must-do for many travelers is climbing the alluring (especially in the spring with its blossoming azaleas) Spanish Steps. Start at the Piazza di Spagna (by the way, these both get their names from the adjoining Spanish Embassy), and tread the same stairs that writers Balzac and Byron climbed for inspiration in the 19th century. You'll find the Spanish Steps, as well as the Keats-Shelly House, some elaborate Roman homes and lots of shopping, off the Spagna metro stop.

This site gets mixed reviews from travelers: Many say it's a must-see while others have been underwhelmed. Those who did enjoy the steps say it's a great place to take a coffee or gelato and just people-watch. Those same travelers also recommend going at night when there are fewer crowds. Visitors who weren't impressed said they were nothing more than just steps, and that the aggressive local vendors took away from the experience. Both agree, however, that the views from the top are worth the climb. 

If you're in the mood to peruse some designer Italian shops after admiring the steps, look no further than Via dei Condotti, just west of the Piazza di Spagna. There you'll pass the sleek storefronts of Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Gucci, Prada and more. (If you're on a budget, you might want to only window shop on Via dei Condotti and do your real shopping at the Porta Portese market.)

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