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Private Monumental Rome Tour
09:00 AM & 02:00 PM
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Piazza di Spagna, more details at booking
Your tour will lead you through the ancient streets of Rome on an exploration of the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments. Meet your guide at the designated meeting point. Stroll through the charming Piazza di Spagna from where the famed Spanish Steps rise up to the Palazzo di Spagna and the Church of the Santissima Trinita’ dei Monti. Discover the majestic Trevi Fountain and, as all visitors do, toss a coin to guarantee your return to the Eternal City. Stop by one of Rome’s many ice cream parlors and enjoy a delectable gelato before continuing toward the present day political center of Italy: Palazzo Montecitorio. The tour continues toward the Pantheon, one of the best preserved buildings from Ancient Rome, and the nearby ancient Temple of Hadrian. From there, the lively Piazza Navona is but a few streets away, famous for the Fountain of the Four Rivers, with its Egyptian obelisk, and the church Sant’Agnese in Agone. The tour ends in Campo dei Fiori, a lovely square which doubles as a large open-air market.
Now that you are free to explore the area, we suggest visiting Piazza Farnese which is surrounded by many restaurants and bars offering delicious food and wine. Alternatively, you could stroll alongside the Tiber River, crossing to the other side at Ponte Sisto or continuing down toward Tiber Island.
– Private guide at disposal for 3 hours
– Piazza di Spagna
– Trinita’ dei Monti
– Piazza Navona
– Campo de Fiori
– Piazza Farnese
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking
– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers
Spanish’s steps (Piazza di Spagna)
Concludes at Campo de Fiori
The Spanish Steps are located in Piazza di Spagna, one of the most famous squares in Rome. Piazza di Spagna and its Spanish Steps are located in a trendy neighborhood where there are several different luxury shops. In 1717, the architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi planned to build a huge staircase with 135 steps in order to more easily reach the church of the Santissama Trinita dei Monti and to connect it with the Bourbon Spanish Embassy.
During the 16th century, Spain bought land in Rome to establish people near the Roman Pope. In other words, the Piazza di Spagna was initially the property of Spain, having its own rules and soldiers. The Palazzo di Spagna, the first Spanish embassy once located on this square, is what gave the piazza its name.
Things to see
Construction on the Spanish Steps began in 1723 and was finished in 1725. The monumental Steps are now considered the largest stairs in Europe. They are built on three different levels with the first two levels separating into two different arches. The Church of the Trinita dei Monti, standing at the top of these steps, began construction in 1502 under the orders of King Louis XII of France. Right in front of the church we can admire the Sallustiano Obelisk. This obelisk was found in the Horti Sallustiani’s gardens and brought to Rome during Augustus’ reign. It was not actually set in front of the church until 1789.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Piazza di Spagna was the meeting point of painters, artists, writers, poets and many other creative souls. Later, the Spanish Steps served as the setting or background of several films such as Roman Holiday (1953). Nowadays, it is common to use the Spanish Steps or Piazza di Spagna as a meeting point. Locals meet each other for picnics or just to enjoy ice-cream while plenty of tourists come everyday to explore this remarkable square.
Before climbing the Spanish Steps, however, take note of the particular fountain named “Barcaccia” (“ugly boat”). The Fontana della Barcaccia was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII and built in 1629 by Pietro Bernini. The fountain looks like a sinking boat and was built to remind Romans of the big flood in 1598 when Pope Clement had to cross the square on a boat.