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Piazza di Spagna is one of the most popular squares of Rome; probably because in the square are the well-known Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps) and Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Old Boat). The Spanish Steps consist of of a monumental stairway of 135 steps leading up to the Trinità dei Monti church. Along the way, you’ll find locals and tourists alike sitting, soaking in the sun while they people-watch. On the foot of the steps, there’s a water fountain designed in the shape of a half-sunken ship with water overflowing its bows. The shape was chosen because, prior to the river walls being built, a particularly bad flooding occurred on this very site and a boat was left behind in the square once the water withdrew. Piazza di Spagna owes its fame to many through the 1953 movie Roman Holiday. If you’re into the movie, you may also be interested in checking out La Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth).

Address: Via dei Condotti, 00187 Rome
Direction: Subway Line A to Spagna Station
Website: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_di_Spagna

Photo credit: Mstyslav Chernov, Sergey Smirnov, Luis Ehlen