The Spanish Steps and Trevi fountain recently reopened after being spruced up. I was so happy to get to see them on my last couple of visits, that I wanted to go back and get a view of them at night. Lucky for me, we had some family visiting and on their particular visit, visiting the steps at night was the only option to show them this historical landmark. The Piazza di Spagna at where the steps are located is named after the Spanish Embassy so naturally, the name extended to the steps. The steps connect the Embassy and the Trinita dei Monti church.
The area surrounding the Spanish Steps is full of posh stores and other shopping (including a Sephora). Directly in front of the stairs, you will find the Barcaccia Fountain, a lovely fountain for sitting and people watching. It is the work of Pietro Bernini and his son, Gian Lorenzo. Lorenzo is also the designer of some of the major Baroque art in the Rome, including the renowned baldachino of St. Peter’s Basilica
Climbing up to the top of the steps affords you a lovely view of the surrounding area and you get your stair climb in for the day however don’t grab a panino and expect to be allowed to picnic there. Having your lunch or dinner on the steps is forbidden.