The Spanish Steps

One of the most iconic places in Rome is the Spanish Steps in the city center. These stairs go up from the Piazza die Spagna and lead to the Trinita dei Monti church.

How much time should I spend here?3 minutes on the stairs, 1 hour walking along the route down below.
How much does it cost?Your dignity
How far from the city center?1 minute
What modes of transport are available?Subway
What is the nearest subway stop?Spagna
Where can I find it?Google Maps link
Is there an official website?Click here
What can you combine it with?A nice walk (see below) or the Trevi Fountain.

At the base of the steps is the Piazza Spagna. There you’ll find the most of the expensive fashion stores you’ll see in Rome. Yes, this is the place of Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Bulgari. The streets around the plaza are home to all these famous brands and you’ll not be wanting for some credit card incinerating shopping.

But once you are done with spending a month’s worth of salary on a pair of socks or a scarf of some kind, you should make your way up the stairs.

Why is anybody interested in these stairs?

The stairs itself, I’m sad to say, I’ve never had any appreciation for. They are stairs. They get you from point A, to point B if that point B is lower or higher. I can tell you these stairs were made between 1723 and 1725 and that there are 135 steps. And when you look up you’ll see a rather beautiful looking church, but that’s about it. But every tourist in Rome wants to see these Spanish Steps for some reason.

But actually there is something on the top of these stairs that is much more interesting.

You can see half the city when you climb the Spanish Steps.

The actual interesting part

At the top of the stairs there is a road leading away from the Piazza Spagna. Don’t cross the road to the church and go to your left. Keep to that side of the road.

If you keep looking to your left, you will be presented with some of the nicest views of Rome that the city has to offer. Especially when the sun is almost under, this walk is magical.

You can get amazing views from up high
You can get amazing views from up high

Essentially, what you are doing right now is walking between the two subway stops ‘Spagna‘ and ‘Flaminio‘. You are taking the literal high road. Down below you is the posh shopping area in the streets leading away from the Spanish steps.

Once you see the Piazza del Popolo (People’s square) below you, take the stairs back to ‘ground’ level. You’ll find the subway station ‘Flaminio’ and there you can continue your journey.

A night view over the Vatican from the Piazza del Popolo in Rome

How do I get to the Spanish Steps?

Just get the subway to Spagna or if you are close by walk to the Piazza di Spagna. The area is really nice and there is lots of to see, even if you can’t afford those Ralph Lauren socks.

If you follow my suggested route but want to do it in reverse, then just go to Flaminio en walk up the stairs from there.

Anything else I should know?

The city of Rome has put heavy restrictions on tourist behavior in the area around the Spanish Steps. Be aware of these restrictions when you go there. At the time of writing, it is prohibited to sit anywhere on the steps. There are more of these rules, so stick to them or you will be told off by a Roman police officer.

This is one of those area’s that gets crowded quickly. So be aware of your surroundings and beware of pickpockets. Rome is safe, but no reason to let being too trustworthy ruin your holiday.

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