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ROME SPAGNA: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Welcome to Spagna

Primarily known for being the home of the architecturally impressive Spanish Steps which lead up to the Trinita dei Monti church, as well as being the location of some the most exclusive European couture boutiques in Rome largely located at Via Dei Condotti, this piazza is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. Here you will also find a wide range of restaurants, gelatissimos and street vendors, as well as seasonal fashion shows on the steps and street side musicians.

Of course you will want to see the world famous Spanish steps!

While it is notably very crowded by likeminded tourists during the day, this element is unlikely to take away from your appreciation of the beauty of this iconic landmark. If you prefer a less populous time to visit, try to head to this architecturally significant destination after 10pm when you can appreciate the beauty and also enjoy the city lights in a less touristy atmosphere. It’s also a great time of the evening to ‘window shop’ your way through Rome’s high-end shopping cultural central, or perhaps be enticed to go back the next day for an extra special wearable souvenir.

If your budget doesn’t extend to couture luxuries, one thing that you can do free of charge is take a memorable sip from the beautiful Barcaccia fountain (Fontana della Barcaccia). The water is taken from one of the oldest aqueducts in Rome and most importantly, is still considered to be very safe to drink.

Interested in literary history?

Some of the most famous residents of this neighbourhood in past times include the poets John Keats and Percy Shelley. And there is no better place to commence an understanding of their inspiration for work than at Keats-Shelley Memorial House. While it is mostly known as an historical museum dedicated to these noteworthy writers with a collection of manuscripts and memorabilia dedicated to their works it also has extensive library and even a cinema room where you can learn more about the history of these famous poets. Afterwards, head to the century old Babington’s Tea Rooms where you will find a range of teas, pastries, desserts and savoury sandwiches to satiate your appetite.

If you would like a more in depth historical tour of this area…

Then one great place to start is The New Rome walking tour and the best news is it won’t cost you cent to join the walk that operates daily during all weather conditions for a duration of two hours. Check the website for details as reservations are necessary.

And of course your trip to this area would not be complete without a visit to The Trevi Fountain where as the legend dictates, you may make a wish as you throw a coin using your right hand over your left shoulder into the fountain. Even if you are not superstitious, it is satisfying to know that the thousands of Euros thrown into the fountain each day are collected and donated to feed some of the most needy people in the city.

Spend Less, Do More

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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