Spanish Steps is one of the most beautiful and famous spot in Rome, and one of his best-known images in the world. It owes its name to the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See.
In the center of the beautiful square, there is the famous fountain by Bernini, cold Fontana della Barcaccia (Ugly Boat Fountain, more or less), built in memory of the flood of the Tiber in 1598 with its special layout of a sinking boat (ploy to cover up the problem of low water pressure).
Right corner of the stairs is the home of the English poet John Keats, turned into a museum dedicated to his memory and that of his friend Percy Bysshe Shelley, extraordinary figures of English Romanticism.
At the center of the square is an obelisk, which marks the point of convergence of several roads. It is a Roman imitation of the Egyptian obelisks and came from Sallustian Gardens.
The famous staircase, designed by De Sanctis, was inaugurated by Pope Benedict XIII on the occasion of the Jubilee of 1725 to just connect the Bourbon embassy to the church of Trinità dei Monti.
The area of the Spanish Steps, now famous for its location and for the artistic value of his work, until the beginning of 1500 was a vineyard. The first version of the church was built in Gothic style; the building was later expanded to its current appearance, with two symmetrical towers. Inside is a particularly important Deposition of Daniele da Volterra (Braghettone), a pupil of Michelangelo.
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