Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)#15 in Best Things To Do in Rome
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Found at the Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish Steps (which get their name from the nearby Embassy of Spain among the Holy See) are another must-do for many travelers. Here, visitors can tread the same stairs that writers Balzac and Byron climbed for inspiration in the 19th century. The steps are especially alluring come spring when they're flanked by blooming azaleas.
This site earns mixed reviews from travelers: Many say it's a must-see, especially for first-time visitors, while others reported feeling underwhelmed. Those who did enjoy the steps say it's a great place to take a coffee or gelato and 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 detracted from the experience. Both sets of travelers agree, however, that the views from the top are worth the climb up all 135 steps.
If you're in the mood to peruse some designer Italian shops after admiring the view, 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.) You'll find the Spanish Steps, as well as the Keats-Shelley House, some elaborate Roman homes and lots of shopping, off the Spagna metro stop. The steps are free to visit 24/7.
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#1 Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
A must-see on many travelers' itineraries, the Trevi Fountain is situated amongst a high concentration of hotels, shopping and nightlife. Finished in the mid-1700s, the Trevi is a powerful example of a baroque design with a distinctly mythological character. The god of the sea, Oceanus, emerges from the pool, flanked by his trusty Tritons. The fountain underwent an extensive, mutlimillion euro restoration and reopened in its full splendor in November 2015.
According to Roman lore, throwing one, two or three coins into the Trevi, with your right hand over your left shoulder ensures you'll return to Rome; you'll fall in love with an attractive Roman; and you'll marry that same Roman.
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