Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous squares in Rome, maybe even the world. The name dates back to the 18th century when the Spanish embassy was located in the square. At the centre of the piazza is the Fontana della Barcaccia, a famous Baroque fountain sculpted by Pietro Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo Bernini who played an important role in creating many of the architectural and monumental beauties of Rome. The piazza is also home to the former residence of John Keats, who lived and died in Rome. His house, now known as the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, has been converted into a museum remembering the British poets John Keats and Percy Shelley.
The equally world renowned Spanish Steps are remarkable. The 138 steps were built from 1723-1725 and funded by a French Diplomat. With the alternating seasons the steps change; pots of colourful azaleas welcome the warm spring months while during the Christmas period a 19th century crib decorates the first landing of the staircase.
Trinità dei Monti
The Trinità dei Monti is the famous church whose facade dominates the peak of the Spanish Steps and looks down onto Piazza di Spagna. The Obelisco Sallustiano, a Roman copy of an Egyptian obelisk, stands in front of the church. It is one of the many obelisks of Rome moved here from the Gardens of Sallust, a landscaped garden area of ancient Rome.