Rome’s most famous steps, the Spanish Steps, are also known as Scalinata Spagna. Not only one of Rome’s most popular gathering places for tourists and locals, the steps are also one of the longest and widest staircases in all of Europe. 135 steps link the lower Piazza di Spagna with the upper Piazza Trinità dei Monti and its magnificent church.  At the base of the steps is the fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia (“Fountain of the Ugly Boat”).  The area around the steps has some pretty good shops and cafes and, after a great lunch at one of them, we just enjoyed sitting for a few minutes and people watching……Anthony Bourdain being one of them!



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