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  • Day8

    Scalinata di Trinita dei Monti

    June 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    The Spanish Steps

    Named after the Spanish embassy, this iconic location is recognizable from many cinematic classics (including Roman Holiday with Audrey!!)

    It was a common destination for British aristocrats in the 19th century. British poet John Keats actually lived next to the steps and died there from tuberculosis.

    The fountain at the foot of the steps is named "Sinking Boat fountain" and was built by Bernini. It is powered by an ancient aquaduct (as many of the fountains are in Rome) - but here the water pressure is so low that a high rising fountain would not have worked. Hence, the sinking boat design filled with water.

    🌍🛫📝: Rick Steves
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