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The 2nd Day In Rome, Italy
5 Things about the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

October 20, 2016

I had a day off in between performing and went to the Spanish Steps.

Here are 5 things I found fascinating about them.

I have always loved history!

1.  Architect Francesco de Sanctis designed the Spanish Steps built in 1723-1725 and were financed by French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s bequeathed.

2. The Spanish Steps is the widest and one of the most momentous staircases in Europe.

3. At the corner on the right as one begins to climb the steps, is the house where English poet John Keats lived and died in 1821; it is now a museum dedicated to his memory, full of memorabilia of the English Romantic generation.

4. The Spanish steps unique design and elegance has made it a popular place for artists, painters and poets who were attracted to the place which inspired them in return.

5. At the lower end of the stairs you can find an early baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia, or “Fountain of the Old Boat”. It is credited Pietro Bernini; a member of the renowned artist family Bernini and father of famous Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Read my other post about Rome, Italy here.

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Trevi Fountain

October 19, 2016
One word “Breathtaking”.
The best time to go is right before it gets dark and right by the square you can go into the cutest boutique shops.  After you shop til you drop you can come back out and see the beautiful fountain at night glowing with beautiful lights all around it.
I actually dreamed about going to Venice and Rome I would say Rome topped it.
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Wandering around gorgeous Spanish Steps

October 17, 2016
Today we went to see the Spanish Steps.  A must see if you are in Rome!  It was under construction but got a few cool pics.  Day off in between performing.

 

Highlights of Spanish Steps 

 

1. The Spanish Steps are a set of steps climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top dominated by Trinita dei Monti Church.

 

2. Fontana della Barcaccia

At the foot of the Spanish Steps is the Fontana della Barcaccia, a natural draw for the throngs of tourists to be photographed against with the Spanish Steps itself as a backdrop.

In English the name translates to “Fountain of the Old Boat” and is so named because it is in the shape of a half-sunken ship with water overflowing its bows. The fountain was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII and was completed in 1627 by Pietro Bernini.

The story behind the ship is that the River Tiber often flooded before the city walls were built and in 1598 there was a particularly bad flooding and the Piazza di Spagna was flooded up to a meter. Once the water withdrew, a boat was left behind in the square.  People could fill up their water bottles at the fountain which was pretty awesome!

3.  Getting To The Spanish Steps
By Metro take Linea A (red line) and exit at Spagna. The station is right next to the Spanish Steps.

Rome city buses are too big to negotiate the narrow streets around the Spanish Steps, plenty of buses go to Barberini or Piazza del Popolo / Flaminio about a 10 minute walk away.

There are a myriad of Rome hop on, hop off the bus operators, all of which will not stop at the Spanish Steps itself as the buses are too large, but will stop within a 10 minute walk.

A classic Rome walk is to start at the Spanish Steps and end at Piazza Navona visiting the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon on the way.  ((ll Talk about Trevi Fountain on my next blog post.)

4. Its always great to walk because every corner of Rome, Italy is so beautiful.  If you end up driving in a car you were probably miss a lot.  The streets are tiny and the drivers are crazy.  I loved the brick streets!!

 

5.  Some of the best pasta you will ever have is in a restaurant in Rome.  I still remember how amazing the pasta was and I am not even a big pasta person.  So after you see the Spanish steps make sure to hit up a restaurant close by and grab some pasta and Gelato.
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Travel day to Rome, Italy!

October 6, 2016

Wow! So talk about a long flight, but I can’t complain – I was in Rome for crying out loud! It’s amazing and to be honest, I didn’t expect that it would be so dang beautiful. I always said I was going to perform in Europe and even though it took a lot longer than expected it finally happened and it was amazing!  The bus was surprisingly really fast.  The desserts are freakin’ scrumptious. These are a few pics of the train and arrival area in Rome. So amazing!

So I have to say you know those small tea cups you see in the antique stores in the US and you think who in the heck uses these tiny cups. I can get one gulp in and I have to get like 30 refills. Well, they are all over in Europe- a little tea cup and desserts! I actually fell in love with them. It feels like I could be a tea cup collector but I am already collecting way too many other things. I would say I can be kind of a hoarder.  Lol.  I am better but still working on it.  Anyways, here are some tips for the trains in Europe:

  1. Pre-buy tickets if you can!
  2. Never leave your luggage alone, even if you are on the train and think everything is fine. The train stops and people can get on and off and sometimes people get possessions taken in between because no one is really checking people in the train station.
  3. Second class is basically just as nice as first class so there is really no point in spending the extra money.
  4. Never travel alone (I would hope people would know this, but you never know).
  5. Yes, there is actually someone that asked, “Want something from the trolley”- Yes, like Harry Potter! HAHA!
  6. If you can get a tour manager to keep track of all of this that would be best.  Someone that has already traveled to Europe several times is even better.

It was so awesome!  Well, I’ll keep you guys posted on things and performing.  Have a super day!