Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti

The Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti is a well-known outside staircase in Roma, Italy. It’s German name “Spanische Treppe” (Spanish stairway) is derived from the Piazza di Spagna at its lower end. It was built from 1723 on.

The Spanish embassy for the Vatican City was located at the Piazza di Spagna and it belonged to Spain – everyone on the place could be forced to join the Spanish army.

The church Trinità dei Monti was financed by France. The scalinata was planned to give easy access to the church and was intended to be a French memorial – including a statue of Louis XIV. That wasn’t in the interest of the Pope and conflicts arised. 

Today the stairway is a famous meeting point for tourists and many people sit down on its 138 stairs.

Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti
Piazza di Spagna
00187 Roma, Italy

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