Piazza di Spagna is one of the most beautiful squares in Rome.
Dominating the famous Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti, or
the Spanish Steps, is the church of the same name built in the
sixteenth century. It is here that starts Via Sistina, the road
leading directly to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
The monumental stairway is one of the most impressive sights
in Rome. Designed by Francesco de Sanctis, it was to be a creation
in honour of the Christian Trinity. It is well worth visiting
the Trinità dei Monti in the spring when the steps are
delightfully bedecked with hundreds of azaleas, a tradition dating
back to the 1950s.
Also in Piazza di Spagna is the Barcaccia, the famous Baroque
fountain sculpted by Bernini. It was built in memory of the flood
that deluged Rome at the end of the 16th century and the barcacce,
boats used for transporting goods that allowed people to reach
the point of the fountain from the river Tiber.
Many artists continue to frequent the square which, for a long
time now, has been the cultural and tourist hub of Rome.
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