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Spanish Steps in Rome during Day and Night

by Lisa
Spanish Steps Rome during the Night late evening JoyDellaVita

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The Spanish Steps and the Piazza di Spagna are one of the must-see’s for Tourists in Rome. During the day both the Piazza and the Steps are flooded with people and even during the evening there are still many around. Currently during spring/early summer the flowers are blooming and create, in combination with a cloudless sky, an even more picturesque atmosphere of Rome.

Spanish Steps during the Day – Afternoon

I first approached the Steps from the Villa Borghese Metro Station, via Via Sistina, which led me to the Top of the Steps and the church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti. From there you can overlook, one of the luxurious shopping-streets, Via dei Condotti, with all the high-fashion labels, and a panorama with the St. Peters Cathedral and Vatican City. On top there are several people who want to sell you little stuff like Selfie-Sticks or Roses, or want to paint you, but if you don’t want it, just say clearly and loud No! and they will go away.

At the foot of the Spanish Steps, at the Piazza di Spagna, there is the Fontana della Barcaccia, also known as Fountain of the ugly Boat. The story behind this fountain is that in 1598, after the river Tiber often flooded, a boat was left behind in the middle of the square, after the water withdrew. The Fontana della Barcaccia was completed in 1627, and was once commissioned by Pope Urban VIII.

Scroll down for my Pictures and Impressions of a visit to the Spanish Steps right after the sunset.

Spanish Steps in Rome during Day and Night

Spanish Steps during the Day - Afternoon
Spanish Steps during the Day / Afternoon

Spanish Steps during the Day - Afternoon

Spanish Steps during the Day - Afternoon
Crowds at Piazza di Spagna, under the Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps during the Day - Afternoon

Flowers at the Spanish Steps
Flowers at the Spanish Steps

Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the ugly Boat)

"Brash Tourists" at the Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the ugly Boat)
“Brash Tourists” at the Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the ugly Boat)
Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the ugly Boat)
Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the ugly Boat)

Spanish Steps in May with Flowers

Spanish Steps during the Night – late evening

During the late evening, it was around 8 pm, when I again approached the are in front of the Trinità dei Monti the setting sun was in its latest stages of finally going down. The sky was still a bit purple but already dark blue, a very nice scene and with a great romantic panorama on Rome. You will find more Impressions of this pretty scenery in my “24 hours in Rome” article that will go online soon.
The Spanish Steps were built just within 2 years, between 1723 and 1725. The Piazza below already existed a hundred years earlier, with the construction of the fountain, and before the steps the area was just some wildly overgrown hillside and was not considered respectable enough for the rest of the city. Very famous is nowadays also the Babington’s tea room on the left side of the steps. It’s a traditional English tea shop that already exists since 1893 and it was a hotspot for the cultural and creative movement in the past two hundred years.

If you wondered how Rome, and the Spanish Steps, look like when covered with snow you should definitely check out curiouscatexpat.com.

Spanish Steps Rome during the Night late evening JoyDellaVita

Spanish Steps Rome during the Night late evening JoyDellaVita

Spanish Steps Rome during the Night late evening JoyDellaVita

Spanish Steps Rome during the Night late evening JoyDellaVita
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Spanish Steps Rome during the Night late evening JoyDellaVita

Maroni at the Piazza del Spagna Spanish Steps Rome
Hot Maroni near the Piazza del Spagna – this man even sold them in the afternoon when it was super hot!

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Lisa
Hi, I'm Lisa and welcome to my Joy Della Vita Travelblog. Joy della Vita, inspired by the Italian language, means 'Joy of Life'. And this is what can be found here. Travel, Food, Mobility & (Travel-)Lifestyle.

4 Comments

  • Aron Badgley
    15 - May - 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Awesome article thank you for sharing.

  • Evelyn
    11 - January - 2017 at 4:26 AM

    Wow, fantastic photos!

  • Alethea
    26 - December - 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Rome is my favourite City in Italy, there is something beautiful every where!

  • Ron
    30 - October - 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Wonderful, Lisa !

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