Piazza di Spagna it is one of the favorite destinations in Rome, staying in a B&B in Spanish Square means submerge yourself in the Rome of Charm, shopping and great artists of Via Margutta.
Previously known as “Platea Trinitatis” because of the church of Trinità dei Monti, it was renamed the Spanish Steps because of the presence of the Spanish Embassy. Featuring an irregular shape that resembles the one of a butterfly, Piazza di Spagna is the centre of the cultural and tourist life in Rome, where many artists spend much of their time.
The stairway, that counts 135 steps was unveiled on the occasion of the jubilee in 1725 by Pope Benedict XIII.
The Piazza boasts other notable monuments, like the Fontana della Barcaccia ("Fountain of the Old Boat") built by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It reminds about the flood in 1598, which was so disastrous that the ‘barcacce’, typical river boats used on the Tiber, ended up to the place where the fountain currently stands.
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The house museums of English poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley (a friend of Keats’) are located at the bottom of Spanish Steps in Rome.
Another famous place in Piazza di Spagna is Babington’s Tea Room, founded in 1893 by two English noblewomen who wanted to create a meeting place for the British people living in Rome. Nowadays the tearoom is very popular among high-class people, such as politicians, show business people and member of royal families.
Due to the stairway and its butterfly shape, Piazza di Spagna is featured in several popular films, such as ‘We all loved each other so much’, ‘Roman Holiday’ and ‘Three girls from Rome’.
The steps leading to Trinità dei Monti are also used as a catwalk for the frequent fashion shows.
After your breakfast at your b&b there’s nothing better than sitting on the Spanish Steps, enjoying the warm sun and admiring the square before it gets too crowded. If your holiday is dedicated to the pursuit of designer brands, that’s your perfect destination.