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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.