The Spanish Steps are one of the ‘must see’ attractions of Rome. These are situated close to the Spanish Embassy. They were constructed between 1721 and 1725 and lead the way up to the Trinita dei Monti church which stands out from the surrounding architecture because of its pale, rose pink colour. The actual steps were designed and paid for by the French King, Charles VIII. The square at the bottom of the Spanish Steps is known as Piazza di Spagna or Spanish Square. Here you will also find Pietro Bernini’s Barcaccia Fountain.
The Spanish Steps in Rome have long been a popular meeting place for many generations of travellers, from those doing the ‘Grand tour’ in the 18th century to the many thousands of young people who are drawn to the area today.
Some cheaper apartments in Rome may seem quite a way off the beaten track when it comes to visiting the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and Vatican City, but transport is generally quite convenient and easy to use. However, some apartments in Rome may be easier to access by scooter, or motorbike (many young people use them as an easy and economical way of getting around). If you fancy hiring a motorbike, or scooter to enable you to get around, advice is often available during the booking process of apartments in Rome.
A map of the railway stations in Rome is very useful when trying to plan a day’s sightseeing. The Roma Termini Station is the main railway station, with services to all Italian cities and a number of international ones. Roma Tiburtina Station is in the north-eastern part of the city and Roma Ostiense Station serves the quarter of the city from which it takes its name. The underground and city bus services also offer excellent ways of getting around the city. There is a lot of walking to do, so it is advisable to get hold of bus timetables, underground maps, and other travel info to plan your day effectively, no matter where you choose your apartments in Rome.
When deciding to visit the Spanish Steps and other famous landmarks in Rome, please allow for the fact that it does get very hot and humid during July and August and it is certainly not walking weather, especially if you are not a lover of heat and humidity.
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