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Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)

This square owes its name to the fact that Spain chose it as the location for its embassy to the Holy See.
Travelers come here in search of knowledge and artistic inspiration.
The fontana della Barcaccia is a masterpiece by Bernini. He constructed a fountain ine the square which represents a leaking boat in a shallow pool; barcaccia means a useless, old boat that lies half submerged.
The wide, curving staircase is one of Rome's iconic sights.
The Spanish steps consists of 138 steps leading sharply up from Piazza di Spagna, forming a butterfly shape as they fan out around a central terrace. The design culminated at the top in an obelisk framed by two baroque church towers.
The areas surrounding Piazza di Spagna, at the base of the Spanish steps, are the most famous shopping districts for the big global brands.