Piazza di Spagna : Michelin's recommendations
This site is famous throughout the world. At the end of the elegant Via dei Condotti, this square, overlooked by the Trinita dei Monti staircase, is where young and older people take over the steps on a fine day, in order to relax... or enjoy the moment and location. The square is made up of two triangles and was named in the 17th century, when the Spanish Ambassador to the Holy See set up home in the Palazzo di Spagna. Immediately, the district became Spanish territory: it is said that many strangers getting lost there at night woke up the next morning as Spanish soldiers, without understanding what had happened to them ! At the centre of the square is the famous Barcaccia Fountain, representing a boat decorated with Barberini suns and bees. It is believed to have been made by Pietro Bernini, the father of Giovanni Bernini. The English Romantic poet Keats died in the pink house, at the right-hand side of the staircase. It is matched by a tea room built in a very Victorian style. Opposite, stands the magnificent staircase, decorated with azaleas when Summer arrives, leading up to the front of the Trinita dei Monti church, whose obelisk precedes it. Few places have been so often photographed. Thus, you end up surprised to see it for the first time just as you imagined it... And, naturally, like everyone else, you'll go and sit on the steps (if there's room !) in order to enjoy the moment and realise that you really are in Rome.
- Address : Piazza di Spagna I - 00187 Roma00187Roma
- Prices : free of charge