Fountain of the Old Boat

The beautiful Scalina Spagna or Spanish Steps is certainly one of the must see places in Rome. The irregular butterfly design is a good example of the Roman Boroque style. The place is always crowded with people just sitting around and soaking in the vies of the Eternal City. There are about 138 steps in the form of terraces, curves and straight flights of steps. The Spanish steps were built from 1723 to 1725 and it links to the Trinità dei Monti church.

At the lower end of the stairs you can find an early baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia, or “Fountain of the Old Boat”. The fountain has the form of a sinking ship. On a good day, you will see hundreds of tourists, young and old hanging around there taking photographs or just chit chatting.

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