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Piazza di Spagna is one of the Roman capital’s most famous squares. So we included it in our list of things to see during our stay in Rome.

In this article, you’ll find all the information you need to know about the square to make the most of your visit, as well as some of our photos.

Where is the Piazza di Spagna in Rome?

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Piazza di Spagna is located in the upper part of Rome’s historic center. It is one of the city’s most beautiful districts. It overlooks Via dei Condotti, famous for its luxury boutiques.

The square is 700 meters north of the Trevi Fountain and 700 meters south of Piazza del Popolo.

It is served by public transport:

  • Metro (line A): Spagna station
  • Bus (line 119): Trinita Dei Monti and Spagna stops

What can you see in the Piazza di Spagna?

Originally called Piazza di Francia , Piazza di Spagna took its present name in 1620 when the Spanish Embassy moved there. Let’s find out what makes the Piazza di Spagna so famous today.

The Barcaccia fountain

Barcaccia fountain

The Barcaccia fountain stands in the middle of the Piazza di Spagna. Quite low to the ground, you’ll gradually discover it amidst the crowds.

This Baroque work was sculpted by the artist Pietro Bernini, assisted by his son Le Bernin, in the 17e century. They gave it the shape of a boat taking on water, pierced in seven places.

The fountain refers to the great floods caused by the rising Tiber River. In particular, the flood of December 1598 was very violent. The square had to be crossed by boat.

The Trinité-des-Monts staircase

Whichever side you arrive from, you’ll be impressed by the imposing staircase linking the Piazza di Spagna to the Trinità dei Monti church. Comprising over 135 steps, it was built in the 18e century to easily negotiate the steep slope.

piazza di spagna obelisk

You’ll also admire the 14m-high obelisk that towers over the staircase. It was brought back from Egypt and is more or less a copy of the obelisk in the Piazza del Popolo.

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Once you’ve reached the top of the Trinità dei Monti staircase, you’ll have a fine view over the rooftops of Rome.

We didn’t enjoy it for very long, however, tired out by the avalanche of rose sellers harassing tourists… As in other tourist spots in Rome, this is done in a very insistent manner: they go so far as to put them in your hands and insistently demand money. The best thing to do is to ignore them and continue on your way.

Trinité-des-Monts church

piazza di spagna church

At the top of the hill, you’ll find the Trinité des Monts church, dating back to the 16e century. Originally built in the Gothic architectural style, the façade and its two bell towers were later built in the Renaissance style.

Visits to the church are possible and free of charge.

What to do around Piazza di Spagna

To help you plan your travel itinerary, here are a few places to see around the Place d’Espagne:

  • The Gardens of the Villa Borghese for a stroll and/or a visit to the Galleria Borghese Museum.
  • The Piazza del Popolo is another well-known square in Rome.
  • The Trevi Fountain is Italy’s most famous fountain.
  • The Mausoleum of Augustus: the ruins were restored a few years ago and can now be visited.
  • Villa Medici: guided tours of the Villa, gardens and temporary art exhibitions.


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