Piazza di Spagna:
The Piazza di Spagna in Rome takes its name from the Spanish embassy to the Holy See, which is located on the piazza. It is best known for the Spanish Steps, a broad flight of stairs that leads up to the church of Trinità dei Monti which overlooks the piazza.
In the centre of the piazza is the Fontana della Barcaccia, which is thought to have been the last work of Pietro Bernini, father of the more famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The boat design commemorates a flood which brought a boat to rest on a nearby hill, but its close-to-the-ground design may also have been a clever way of building a fountain in what was then a low-water pressure area.
This famous staircase was laid in 1725 in order to ease the passage up the slope to the Trinità dei Monti. Despite the name (see above), its construction was in fact funded by the French. Presumably this was because the church to which they grant access is also French. From the top of the steps, it’s a short walk to the Villa Medici and the Villa Borghese park.
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