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The 20 Most Incredible Staircases in the World

Fodor's Logo By Wibke Carter of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 21: The Spanish Steps, one of Rome’s most recognizable attractions, was originally intended as a gateway to the Trinità dei Monti church. The elegant staircase of 135 steps was inaugurated in 1725 by Pope Benedict XIII and named after the Spanish Embassy to the Vatican that has been located in the bordering Piazza di Spagna since the 1600s. The steps have been featured in many films, had fashion runway shows staged on them, and are beautifully decked out with pots of azaleas in spring and a 19th-century nativity scene during the holidays.

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps, one of Rome’s most recognizable attractions, was originally intended as a gateway to the Trinità dei Monti church. The elegant staircase of 135 steps was inaugurated in 1725 by Pope Benedict XIII and named after the Spanish Embassy to the Vatican that has been located in the bordering Piazza di Spagna since the 1600s. The steps have been featured in many films, had fashion runway shows staged on them, and are beautifully decked out with pots of azaleas in spring and a 19th-century nativity scene during the holidays.
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