"Who can ever be alone for a moment in Italy? Every stone has a voice, every grain of dust seems instinct with spirit from the Past, every step recalls some line, some legend of long-neglected lore".
The Spanish Steps - or Piazza Di Spagna E Scalinata Della Trinita Dei Monti - built in 1723. They get their name from the piazza, on which the Spanish Embassy once stood.
The fountain dates from 1627, and is referred to as "the sunken boat".
The monument below stands at the far end of the piazza, but I do not remember what it commemorates.
These photos were taken at about 9pm on a weeknight. Apparently, the steps are never without people on them; it is a favorite place to meet, for Romans and tourists alike.The building at the top of the steps, with scaffolding, is the church known as Trinita Dei Monti. We did not climb the steps, due to the construction on the church.
I did not know it when we were there, but the building to the right of the steps is where the poet John Keats died in 1821.
The street known as the Via Condotti, where all the famous clothing designers have their shops, enters this piazza perpendicularly. Tomorrow, I will show you some of their windows. Later in the week will come the Vatican, St. Peter's, the Sistine Chapel and the Fontana de Trevi.