Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) free

Piazza di Spagna | Rome 00187
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Jean-Christophe BENOIST/Wikimedia Commons
  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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 April and may 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.

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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