The Spanish Steps and Pincio Gardens in Rome, Italy

The Spanish Steps (Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti) in Rome, Italy are a popular hangout for tourists.  The steps lead from Piazza di Spagna to Piazza Trinità dei Monti with the church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti at the top.  At the base of the steps is the Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Old Boat) and, to the right of the base of the steps is the house where English poet John Keats lived.

The church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti is the property of the state of France.  In front of the church is an obelisk, a small copy of the obelisk of Ramses II in the Piazza del Popolo.

Near the Spanish Steps is the Collegium Urbanum de Propaganda Fide, a seminary for training missionaries.  In front of the Collegium is the Column of the Immaculate Conception.  A statue of the Immaculate Conception stands at the top of a Roman column.  Statues of Moses (with horns), David, Isaiah, and Ezekiel guard its base.

A short walk from the Spanish Steps is Pincio Gardens.  The Pincio Gardens date back to ancient Rome but, under the orders of Napoleon, the gardens were redesigned in French style.  The gardens are famous for the busts of notable Italians, but also hold other delights, including an obelisk constructed under the orders of Hadrian.  A rustic chalet serves as a shop for renting bicycles.

The Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps

SOURCE:  The Spanish Steps (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 August 2011.

The Obelisk in Piazza della Trinità dei Monti

The Obelisk in Piazza della Trinità dei Monti

SOURCE:  The Obelisk in Piazza della Trinità dei Monti (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 August 2011.

Column of the Immaculate Conception

Column of the Immaculate Conception

SOURCE:  Column of the Immaculate Conception (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 August 2011.

Obelisk in Piazzale del Pincio

Obelisk in Piazzale del Pincio

SOURCE:  Obelisk in Piazzale del Pincio (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 August 2011.

Rustic Chalet in Pincio Gardens

Rustic Chalet in Pincio Gardens

SOURCE:  Rustic Chalet in Pincio Gardens (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 August 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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