Piazza di Spagna and its world famous steps date back to the end of the 1500 's with the church of Trinità dei Monti, found at the top the steps. The French church has a remarkable twin bell tower which is one of the symbols that distinguishes the square. The Spanish embassy was later added to the square, and the stairway finally finished the plan in 1725.
The 138 steps were designed by Francesco De Sanctis with the objective of connecting the Spanish Embassy, at the bottom, to the Holy See, easily reached once having arrived to the top of the steps.
The steps include three wide landings that are almost always occupied by tourists and locals alike. An attraction above all for the local artists who set up the easels to do keepsake portraits for the Italian visitor.
At the bottom, in the square, find the interesting fountain "La Baraccia" which refers to an ugly boat, done by artist Pietro Bernini by the will of Pope Urban VIII who was so impressed with the image of a boat that was washed up on the banks of the Tiber River during a flood, that he wanted it represented eternally through the fountain. One can note both the papal coat of arms and the bees representing Barberini, on the fountain.
Along the steps one can find famous landmarks like the house of English poet John Keats, who died there in 1821, now a museum dedicated to him.
Springtime is a great time to visit Piazza Spagna when the steps are covered with azaleas for an annual flower show. July is also a notable month when the most famous Italian designers present their Fall collections under the stars.