When you visit a city anywhere in the world, you want to experience something that quintessentially makes the city what it is, and allows you to embrace and see the culture for what it is. In New York City it is likely the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty, in Boston it is the Freedom Walk and in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. When you are in Rome, one of the best experiences to be had is the Spanish Steps. William Bailey Travel invites you to learn more about this unique destination and all it has to offer you.
One of the first things you should know when traveling in Italy is that they love their piazzas, these are open public squares that are usually filled with markets and restaurants. These piazzas serve as a link to areas of interest for the inhabitants of the city as well as a great place for tourists to explore. The Spanish Steps are a set of steps that climb a steep hill between the Piazza di Spagna at their bottom and culminate with the Piazza Trinita dei Monti and the Trinita dei Monti churches at the top. This is a wonderful place to learn more about history and enjoy one of the most historically significant parts of this ancient city.
The steps were built with a legacy from France as a way to link the Bourbon Spanish Embassy and the Bourbon kings of France, hence the name of the Spanish Steps even though they are in the heart of Rome. This monument is a total of 138 steps, in 12 flights, and there are other ramps and stairs that intersect the main staircase and fan out like a butterfly wings.
There is no perfect time to visit the steps as they will always be crowded with tourists and inhabitants of the city as they are often used as a meeting spot. That being said, even a crowd should not be a deterrent to you. The steps are always a delight to photograph and explore. One of the preferred times to photograph these steps is in Spring when they are decorated with beautiful pink azaleas. It is hard not to be awe inspired at their beauty.
You will be immersed in a truly Roman experience as you explore the Spanish Steps and the piazzas they join. Be one of thousands to traverse and gaze upon these steps that have stood the test of time since the 17th century, and be sure to immortalize your experience on camera. Enjoy the many fountains, streets and even tea rooms which can be found in the area and make a day of it, you will be glad you did.