So what is the big deal about the Spanish Steps? Ever trusty Wikipedia says
The Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.
Here they are
Dealing with the incline was an issue that bogged great Romans for centuries. But it was only in 1717 that a competition was held to design the steps. Why then? To celebrate the famous peace treaty between France and Spain, of course! The competition was won by a little known dude by the name of Francesco de Sanctis. Here is a drawing
The point is that the Spanish Steps are grand indeed! And they right in the middle of lots of amazing stuff. in Rome.
So can you make this a center piece of a Roman expedition? If this idea appeals to you, you might try Elizabeth Unique Hotel.
A five-minute walk from the Spanish Steps and Rome’s centro storico, the discreet and modern Elizabeth Unique Hotel looks like a private townhouse for a modern-day Medici. Housed in a 17th-century palazzo, the privately-owned hotel fuses the best of old-world Rome with the new-world expectations of a 21st-century traveler through its use of contemporary art and technology. The striking and modern artwork lining the lobby, library, and bedrooms were commissioned by Fabrizio Russo, owner of the nearby Gallery Russo, whose playful curation sets the tone for the hotel’s stylish design. Clean lines, world-class Italian sheets, bold velvet fabrics, and private in-room saunas are few of the many amenities availability in the hotel’s 33 rooms and suites, six of which are housed in Elizabeth’s Mansion, a private palazzo adjacent to the main hotel with its own entry and full-service bar. Situated on a quiet street off the bustling Via Del Corso, you won’t miss any of the action and iconic sites of the Eternal City. The ever-present whirr of Vespas and church bells remind you that you’re at the center of it all.
And how about this for your explorations?
Grab an espresso and andiamo! Take advantage of the hotel’s prime location on an early morning walking tour to see the main sites of the centro storico — without the crowds. Take in the views of the Eternal City as you head up the Spanish Steps, then stroll up Via Del Corso to Piazza del Popolo. Once you’re ready for shade and open space (away from the selfie sticks), make your way up to the Borghese Gardens, one of Rome’s largest parks, full of lush gardens and manicured meadows. A stroll through here will take you the Borghese Gallery (make a reservation before you go) and the National Gallery of Modern Art.
At this point, you’ll be ready for a spritz or two. Head to the pretty rooftop bar Il Palazzetto in Hotel Hassler or to funky Caffe Canova-Tadolini, which is filled with museum-quality sculptures and casts by Antonio Canova. For dinner, you can try cacio e pepe trio at Ristorante Ad Hoc, whose wine-filled cellar walls create an ambiance worth savoring for the entire evening, or hit the other restaurants on our list of Fathom Favorites in Rome. After hours between April and November, we love visiting the ruins at the Forums of Caesar and Agustus through Viaggio nei Fori.
Count me in!