The square itself is a famous meeting place in Rome, but its historical monuments are what attract visitors. The most famous among these attractions is the Scalinata, or Spanish Steps, connecting Piazza di Spagna at the base to Trinita dei Monti at the top. The staircase, which has 138 steps, was designed from 1723 to 1725 by the architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi.
At the foot of the Scalinata is the Fontana della Barcaccia, designed by Pietro Bernini, father of the famous architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Fontana della Barcaccia, or “Fountain of the Old Boat,” features a small boat that is supposedly similar to a small boat stranded at the area during the 1598 flooding of the Tevere.
The Trinita dei Monti is a French church on top of the Spanish Steps. It is a Renaissance church with two bell towers. In front of it stands an obelisk that is an imitation of Egyptian obelisks, complete with a hieroglyphics inscription. Inside are scenes, mostly depicting Christ's life, as well as frescoes.
Today, historical interest is not the only reason that drives visitors to the piazza. Another reason is the presence of the prestigious designer boutiques surrounding it. To get to the Piazza di Spagna, take Metro Line A and stop at Spagna.
Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Rome, Italy
Metro Line A - Station Spagna