Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

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Spanish Steps – Rome  Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to Spanish Steps - Rome

In the heart of Rome is perhaps one of its best-loved and most iconic areas – the glorious Piazza di Spagna with its famous Spanish Steps. There is no getting away from the fact that tourists flock to this area, but so too do the locals, attracted by the buzz of shops, cafes, bars and the famous steps themselves, designed by architect Francesco de Sanctis in the 18th century. Spanish Steps accommodation is plentiful and varied, with some great boutique hotels and pensioni (small hotels and boarding houses) at the cheaper end of the market for guests looking for an affordable stay in this beautiful quarter of Rome.

Top 3 things in City Centre Spanish Steps, Rome

At the end of your day, there is no better place to head than the Spanish Steps. Calling it a giant staircase doesn't really do it justice. Instead, it's more of a social scene in the middle of town where people gather to hang out with friends, listen to music, drink beer, or just people-watch. Whether you're looking for a laid-back night with your friends of a romantic evening with your sweetie, the Spanish Steps offer the perfect backdrop. The Spanish Steps was once an integral stop of the Grand Tour, gaining the nickname ‘English ghetto’.

At the foot of the Spanish Steps is Casa Rosina, otherwise known as the Keats-Shelly house. It is a quaint museum housing a wonderful collection of literature and memorabilia of the romantic poets.

Close by is Via Condotti, perhaps the most stylish shopping street in Rome. Packed with designer shops and seriously well-dressed locals, this is definitely a place for people watching and window-shopping if on a budget. Rome is still a major international fashion capital, and several important fashion houses and designers are based there. Bulgari, Fendi, Brioni, and Laura Biagiotti have their headquarters in the city; Chanel, Prada, Armani, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana have luxury boutiques along the upscale Via dei Condotti

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A short walk away in Piazza Venezia is the extravagant Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument, or Il Vittoriano, the city’s giant ‘wedding cake’ built to celebrate Italian unification. Dazzlingly elaborate or ostentatious and vulgar depending on your aesthetics, this is certainly a dramatic sight.

Where to stay: City Centre Spanish Steps, Rome hotels

As one of the largest and most visited cities in Europe, you're spoilt for choice when looking for great hotels in Rome. Cheap Rome city centre Spanish Steps hotels can be found even though this is a highly desirable area. In and around the Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps there are quite a variety of hotels, from five star exclusive properties offering glamour and luxury to simpler and affordable B&Bs or pensioni. This is one of Rome’s most popular areas to stay in, with its fabulous central location within walking distance of many of the main attractions. Booking Rome city centre Spanish Steps accommodation is essential.

Getting around by car

Spanish Steps to Rome International Airport: 37 min (30.4 km) via A91

Accommodation, driving and car rental

At Cheaperthanhotels and Cheaperthancars we have a wide range of car rental discounts at convenient locations and accommodation to meet all budgets and taste. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you will have to do when you get there.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team