The upper part of the Spanish Steps in Rome. I may have shared this one before but not as a black and white. Taken on an overcast early morning and it had been raining the night before. ⠀
As an Indian, I never thought that a ”populated place” could take me by surprise! My first evening in Rome, I decided to head to the Piazza Di Spagna and sit on the famous Spanish steps. After a long day of travel, I was hoping to unwind with a gelato in hand on one of the 135 steps as people would pass by. Upon reaching the area, I was dumbfounded. I had not seen so many people in one place in the last 30-40 days! I mean I was always aware that Rome was a famous tourist spot.. but this?! Needless to say, I sat there only for a while and then decided to walk around. •April, 2018•
PS. While taking this picture I tried to eliminate much of the crowd. The steps (from where this picture was taken) was a whole different story.
First stop on our cruise. Back in Rome after my first visit 14 years ago when I didn't even pre book hotels and just walked around knocking on doors until I found one 😄
My favorite view of the city is from the Spanish steps, which I stumbled upon completely by chance on that first trip.
At the top is the Villa Medici, my favorite gallery in Rome. Unfortunately we were there on a Monday this time and museums are closed on Mondays. Definitely go if you have a chance!
Spanish Steps... «Лестница к храму Тринита-деи-Монти» (итал. Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti). Загадочная «испанка» на самом деле имеет весьма неоднозначную историю, построенную на противостоянии испанских и французских амбиций на территории Италии.
Покровителями церкви Тринита деи Монти были короли Франции, а на Испанской площади находилось представительство их близких родственников, королей Испании. Французский дипломат Этьен Геффье посчитал, что необходимо связать эти две точки лестницей. А у подножия Испанской лестницы расположена одноимённая площадь с фонтаном в виде лодочки «Баркачча» (листай карусель 🤗)
Wednesday part 1;
Legend has it, if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain you're guaranteed a trip back to Rome, worth a shot!
Quick visit to the Spanish Steps before more pizza and pasta 😋🇮🇹 #Rome#Italy#TreviFountain#SpanishSteps
Fontana di Trevi - Rome’s iconic fountain with beautiful stone sculptures
After completing mechanical engineering at McMaster University, Canada, four of my roommates and I went on a month long Euro-trip covering Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands and Germany. Since we all wanted to have a real backpacking experience, we booked best possible hostels, apartments and rental cars to cover as much of Europe as we possibly could.
After relaxing on sunny beaches of Barcelona, Spain, we travelled through Italy. Besides enjoying delicious pizzas, pastas and countless plates of tiramisu, we drove across Italy and explored Rome, Pisa, Florence, Cinque Terre and Lake Como.
On our very first day in Rome, we took a walking tour of the city and explored Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and the Coliseum. Our tour started form the vibrant Spanish Steps. Hundreds of tourists and locals were simply sitting on the steps and enjoying the energy of Rome. You can just sit there for an entire day and watch the world go by.
After learning about the historic significance of the massive staircase, we continued our tour towards the Coliseum through Trevi Fountain. Built in 19 BC, Fontana di Trevi, is situated at the the junction of three ancient roads. Besides stunning sculptures, the artistic fountain is also famous for its “Make a wish” ritual which includes tossing a coin over your left shoulder in the fountain. They say if you stand with your back to the fountain and toss a coin with your right hand in the fountain, you will surely come back to Rome.
From Trevi Fountain, we walked to the Roman Forum where each scattered stone remain has its unique story to share. Our guide showed us pictures of the current Roman Forum and compared the remains with illustrations of what the Forum might have looked like in ancient times. From the illustrations, we can clearly visualize how the Forum must have been a significant part of day to day lives of ancient Romans. Did you know that this 250 meters x 170 meters site took over 100 years to excavate?
While we were in Rome, we also visited the beautiful Vatican City.
ROME in the run up to Christmas is just so enchanting. Spanish steps provide perfect backdrop as ever. The sky is as azure as summertime, everyone is outside, but it’s all cosy. Chestnuts roasting, mulled wine, people sitting outside eating, the decorations are all tasteful (evergreen garlanding, red ribbons and mostly white lights- all quite classic) and the shops have the most beautiful things for Christmas shopping. I had a prolonged trip to @santamarianovella1612 perfumery, went to all the street markets, and treated myself to a few bits and pieces too. Then had a warming Tuscan stew before heading off to the airport. Back to work on QVC tonight...!