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Spanish Steps

At the end of Via dei Condotti you arrive directly in front of the most beautiful roman stairs, created between 1723 and 1726 by Francesco De Sanctis to connect Piazza di Spagna with the church of Trinità dei Monti on the Pincio (1585). 

From the top the steps descend as in a lovely waterfall of multiple plans, that in the month of May is adorned with large azaleas. At the foot of the stairs there is a fountain with the shape of a boat (called "Barcaccia") a masterpiece of Bernini.

At the top of the ramp, beyond the obelisk, stands one of the French churches of Rome. On the left there’s the Academy of France in Villa Medici. Climbing the stairs on the right you can see the red house in which John Keats died .

Piazza di Spagna takes its name from the Spanish Embassy located nearby. At the left of the stairs there is the most traditional english tea room in Rome.