If we could just get rid of the hawkers, it would make it a much better experience…
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Even after seeing them, I had to Google why the Spanish Steps were so famous. All I could find was that they were built to connect the Piazza di Spagna at the bottom of the steps to the Trinita Dei Monti Church at the top.
In my opinion, the Steps are on everyone’s Bucket List purely because they think it should be. They are pretty much just steps leading to a pretty fountain at the bottom, and to top it off, they were packed with hordes of people leaving barely any space to walk down them. It was more like running the gauntlet than taking a stroll!
My husband Zac and I visited here on our first trip to Rome, and every few feet, we were aggressively accosted by vendors trying to sell us cheap plastic rubbish! It got so bad that at one point, Zac was trying to take a photo of me and this guy (who could clearly see what we were doing) kept trying to walk into the shot to sell me stuff. I mean, how rude!
When we got to the bottom, we saw the lovely Piazza di Spagna fountain, and Zac commented, “Ahhh, here’s the Trevi Fountain.” I cracked up laughing. Of course, he was “just joking!”
We walked away from here as quickly as possible and came across a street stand selling souvenirs. Being a big pin collector, I try to pick some up from all the places I visit. I picked up several here. Winning! It wasn’t that I didn’t want to buy anything from the guy at the Spanish Steps, but if you are aggressive and rude, I will never buy what you are selling.
If I were you, I would visit early in the morning on a weekday and see if the crowds are any better. This is what I will definitely be doing the next time I’m in Rome.
Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Rome
Thank you for reading my post on the Spanish Steps in Rome. Despite absolutely loving Rome, I really disliked my experience here, due to the hawkers. I have no issue with street sellers, but when you start walking into my photo shots, and not listening when I say I’m not interested, you’re crossing the line! Have you visited here before? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments below.
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