Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (The Spanish Steps) are a must see if you ever find yourself in Rome. The steps begin in Piazza di Spagna at the base and lead up to Trinità dei Monti, the church that was once under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France. There are a total of 138 steps and is known as the widest staircase in Europe where people are constantly sitting down and taking photos. It appeared to be a favorite meeting spot for Romans and tourists alike. 

This photo was taken half way up the staircase overlooking the piazza and down Via della Croce, a famous and extremely busy high end shopping street. The area is bustling with people and has the sound of motorbikes whizzing by, as you would expect in most Italian cities. It’s crowded night and day so to my surprise my roommate and I were able to snap a quick photo without anyone walking through it. If you can get past the mobs of tourists hanging around the area, it’s quite magical in its beauty, especially if you’re there just as the sun is going down and the charming twinkle of the street lights take over. 

It rained everyday we were in Rome which did put a bit of a damper on the trip, but thankfully it’s a place that regardless of what’s going on, its brilliance and seductiveness still shines through. As my roommate so profoundly said….“Rome was really wet, and not in a good way.” The scrumptious food didn’t hurt either.