“No house could keep out the city’s noise, day and night”, a Roman satirist from the early 2nd century once said. It has remained true to this day. Rome is full of piazze or squares and this is its most famous piazza… Piazza di Spagna!
Crowded but captivating, you can first sit cheek-to-cheek with your companions or strangers on a bench around the fountain and capture the movement of the water and look at its intriguing design – a half-sunken ship which was a tribute to the flood of the River Tiber in 1598. This Fontana della Barcaccia was built in 1627–29 by Pietro, the father of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
It is better to step back and take one step at a time which might lead you to a stairway called the Spanish Steps.
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