Our stay in Rome started with a visit to the Scala di Spagna (Spanish Steps). The Spanish had nothing to do with the construction of the baroque staircase – the name was derived from the Spanish Embassy, which was in a nearby palazzo (palace) during the 19th century. At the top of the steps is Church of Trinità dei Monti, built by the French. At the foot of the staircase is Piazza di Spagna. The boat-shape Barcaccia fountain in the piazza (public square) is reputed to have the sweetest water in Rome. Piazza di Spagna is also a haven for shoppers, with all the major fashion brands in the world having a presence there.
|Church of Trinita dei Monti at the top of the steps|
|Barcaccia fountain in the foreground|