The Spanish Steps

The ‘Spanish steps’ in Rome are built between 1723 and 1726, are the steps that lead from the Piazza di Spagna square to the French monastery church Trinita dei Monti. 

There are 135 steps and three different terraces, referring to the Holy Trinity. 

The top of the stairs near the Egyptian obelisk offers a beautiful view. 

The name can be a bit confusing, as construction of the steps was actually commissioned by the French (Louis XII). 

In the 17th century, the Spanish embassy was located on the square – ‘Piazza di Spagna’ – at the base of the stairs, hence the name ‘Spanish Steps’. 

The official name is therefore not Spanish steps, but Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti.