An incredible, almost theatrical square with the lovely Spanish Steps leading up to the Chiesa di Trinita dei Monti. One of ... More
Piazza di Spagna
An incredible, almost theatrical square with the lovely Spanish Steps leading up to the Chiesa di Trinita dei Monti. One of the most important fashion shows is held here, the steps being used as a catwalk. It is now an international meeting point. The fountain known as the "Barcaccia" (boat) was commissioned by Urbano Barberini to commemorate the alliance made with the King of France, whose coat of arms can be seen on Trinita dei Monti. The square leads into several famous streets, Via dei Condotti, Via Frattina, and Via Borgognona with their luxurious boutiques, and Via Del Babuino with its antique shops.
Climbing down the Spanish Steps was brilliant. As we turned and looked back up, the sun was setting and the people were out on the Steps. It was like a dream. We saw fashions walking around that didn't make it to San Francisco for two years. We saw great art galleries, we just sauntered around for three or four hours, and then, we stopped into a restaurant for dinner. It was more or less non-descript, the Cafe Otello. But the food was wonderful. Ossi Bucco and all five courses for about $10.00. Five Courses! People were friendly, and seemed happy to receive us.
This is probably my favorite section of all of Rome. Not really because of the Spanish Steps but becuase of everyting else around there. There is fantasctic shopping and dining there plus the atmosphere is incredible. The Steps are especially beautiful in the springtime. Also, the Trevi fountain is only a few minutes away and there's a McDonalds there too. What else could you ask for? Pick a hotel in this section if you can get one at a decent rate.
There was no trouble finding the Spanish Steps. The area is a place to 'hang out' and relax and talk with friends. No hurry, no hustle, no pressure. I walked about 1/3 the way up the steps, there are so many leading to the church up on the hill (which was undergoing repair at the time.) Just go and relax.
The Spanish steps and the Keats/Shelley house are a must in Rome. Great flower stalls for the romantic experience. American Express(in the piazza) gives a really good exchange rate for travellers cheques. Remember to take your passport and the address of where your staying as they may ask. Enjoy!!!!!!
I couldn't wait to visit the Spanish Steps while in Rome, i read it's history and saw it on an episode of "Everyone Loves Raymond".
What a disappointment, i was there in NOV'05 and it was so crowded, kind of a bust.
Okay, so you have to do the Piazza de Spagna but then what. Of course the shopping just off the Plaza is fantastic. We found a great coffee shop (wish I could remember the name of the place) where we could sit and relax for hours at a time. Otherwise, the Spanish Steps were a bust. Of course, I am not a great fan of Shelley either.
Everyone stops for a break at the Spanish Steps. It's nice to people watch here. After a brief rest, continue down the street to unbelievable designer shops. Louis Vuitton, Dior, etc. Love the handbags and shoes! Even if you're not going to shop, it's great to window browse and see new styles.
My cousin Machell and I were walking around the Spanish steps, with all it's beautiful little shops. Being hungry, we found a little out of the way place called, Ristorante No. 34. We were taken into the kitchen part of the restaurant and set at a real kitchen table, not your usual dining table. Not only did we have a fantastic meal, but the flan with chocolate sauce was unbelievable. The service we received was the best during the whole trip, with special attention given to us by the family that owned the place.
After returning to the states, I picked up my copy of Fodors, which I had accidently left behind, before our trip. It was then that I read about this restaurant. The kitchen table is usually reserved for special guests of the family. I suppose this would explain why the family kept coming around us, touching our arms, complimenting our jewelry and speaking to us in Italian. I have no idea if they realized who we were or not, but even if you don't get to sit at the kitchen table, the food and ambiance of the place is worth the trip!
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