Below the Chiesa della Trinità dei Monti, the Spanish Steps offer a distinctive view of the Roman skyline and serve as a gathering point for citizens and travelers alike. Especially during the summer, the steps are a kind of north star for the city that receives heavy foot traffic and a diverse crowd of people. That, combined with the steps’ views of Rome, their history, and their sculpture and artwork, makes the Spanish Steps a particularly colorful and animated landmark.
Where Great Minds Met
The Spanish Steps have historically been a rendevouz for famous artists, actors, models, and thinkers. In fact, the Keats-Shelley house, former home of influential writers John Keats and Percy Shelley, is located adjacent to the steps. The house is now a museum containing artifacts related not only to its namesake authors, but also Wilde, Wordsworth, Browning and some of their other contemporaries. The Trinità dei Monti at the top of the steps features a unique facade designed by Giacomo della Porta, who studied and collaborated with Michelangelo, and houses great artwork as well. The steps lead down to the Fontana della Barcaccia, completed by Pietro Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo who became one of the most prolific and significant sculptors and architects of the Baroque era.