Spanish Steps - Trevi Fountain Quarter apartments

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN THIS QUARTER

"THREE COINS" (Vicolo del Forno): A one bedroom attic with ample sitting-dining room, and a panoramic patio overlooking old Rome's roofs and the Trevi Fountain (2-3 persons).

"VALENTINO" (Via Sistina): an upscale panoramic top floor apt., with master bedroom, sitting room, separate dining room, two bathrooms, a patio and a large terrace overlooking all Rome (2-3 persons).

"LEONARDO" (Via della Croce), a three bedroom, sitting room, 2 bathrooms, terrace apartment in an 18th century palazzo (2-7 persons).

"ANITA" (Via delle Carrozze): a large upscale suite with three bedrooms, sitting-dining room, three bathrooms, large kitchen, remarkably equipped (3-6 persons).

"REGINA" (Via San Giacomo): a large upscale suite with three bedrooms, sitting room, separate dining room, three bathrooms, large roof garden, balconies (3-6 persons).

You will find the map of the quarter, with precise location of the properties, in the section B1 and in the section B2 of the map of Rome

For a complete presentation, please visit the specific pages on the streets of the quarter:
- Via Sistina and Piazza Trinita' de' Monti
- The Borghese Gardens
- Via della Croce
- Via del Babbuino, Via San Giacomo, Via dei Greci, Via del Corso
- Via Mario Fiori and of Via Frattina 


The area was called in the 18th century Roman slang "er ghetto de l'inglesi" (the English ghetto), because it was the dwelling area of the penniless English artists. It was Pope Sixtus V, the great town planner, who set the architecture layout.
Rome's icon, the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Trinitą dei Monti) by Francesco De Sanctis (1723-1726), is made by twelve flights of steps of varying width moving upwards towards the Piazza Trinitą dei Monti. Before the steps there is a fountain, the ingenious large boat "Barcaccia", spouting water while it sinks.

The Spanish Steps

What a Rom...antic place!
The most beautiful steps in the world


Via Condotti, the elegant street facing the Steps, appears its natural introduction. As you approach the Steps walking along Via Condotti, you can't help being attracted by the awesome and imaginative shapes of the Steps and of the Church of Trinita' dei Monti, resembling a spaceship about to take off. The atmosphere is quintessential Roman: teens chatting over the "telefonino" (mobile phone), tourists strolling (both young backpackers, and VIPs busy in their expensive shopping), chic Roman ladies on the way to their errands.


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Via Condotti

 

At the end of the steps you find the scenic Franciscan Church of Trinitą dei Monti, by architects Carlo Maderno and Domenico Fontana, with in front the Sallustian Obelisk, taken from the ancient Sallustian Gardens.
John Keats and Percy B. Shelley lived in the palazzo to the right of the Steps, and their home is presently a memorial museum.

In the photo to the right you see a view of the quarter from the windows of the Franciscan nuns of the Church. In the background you can see the Church of San Carlo al Corso, and behind it St. Peter.

The Spanish Steps quarter, S. Carlo al Corso and St. Peter seen from the windows of the nuns of the Church.

View from the windows of the nuns of the convent adjoining the Church of Trinita' dei Monti.

 

 

Quite near the Trevi Fountain can be found. The imaginative concept, the theatrical composition, the sober and imposing beauty of the statues make it a masterpiece of sculpture and architecture.
Its history dates back to ancient Rome (it was built where a virgin found the spring intersecting "tre vie" - three ways). Built and rebuilt in the millennia (including contributions of Bernini), it was finished by Nicola Salvi between 1732 and 1751.
Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

It is indeed a symbolic celebration of the Mediterranean civilisation. An Arch of Triumph with a large niche (the palace of Neptune) is flanked by two series of Corinthian columns. The statues represent Abundance, Agrippa approving the plans of the Aqueduct, Salubrity, the Virgin showing soldiers the where the water should be found. Neptune firmly guides a chariot drawn by sea horses, guided by the two tritons.

The setting around consists of rocks, which together with the roar of the water of the fountain give you the impression of being at the seaside. Nobody forgot the famous scene in Fellini's movie "Dolce Vita" (1961) with Anita Ekberg immersing herself in the water. "La dolce vita"
"La dolce vita"
"La dolce vita"
"La dolce vita"

Anita Ekberg in "La Dolce Vita"

"La dolce vita"
"La dolce vita"
"La dolce vita"
"La dolce vita"


In Via Condotti you find Rome's finest boutiques and jewellers. You will find here Valentino, Bulgari, Gianni Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Coutier, Chanel, Fendi, Giorgio Armani among others. It is worth mentioning also the Caffč Greco, one of the three most ancient cafes in the world. Founded in 1760, among its clients were Keats, Casanova, the mad King Ludwig of Bavaria. The interior is most elegantly furnished with antiques, paintings and original dedicated documents of its famous customers. Also Babington's Tea Room to the left of the stairs is a very elegant, yet expensive cafe.


Caffč Greco - The Cafe Greco

Via Condotti: the Caffč Greco

 

Via del Babuino leads from the Spanish Steps to the Piazza del Popolo square, and to the Borghese Gardens. Two other famous streets (Via del Corso e Via di Ripetta) lead to Piazza del Popolo. The three streets form the so called "Tridente". These streets, together with those intersecting them (Via della Croce, Via Margutta etc.) form the neighbourhood of art houses, antique shops, craftsmen and artists. Poussin and Wagner lived here. In Via dei Greci there is the most famous musical conservatory of Rome: Santa Cecilia and the "Lion Bookshop", the oldest English bookshop in Rome.

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Piazza del Popolo seen from the Pincio
(Borghese Gardens)

In Piazza del Popolo you find the Northern gate of ancient Rome, an obelisk taken from the Circus Maximus surrounded by 4 lions, two fountains (Neptune and the Tritons, Rome between the Tiber and Aniene River). The simple yet elegant design of the square is by the Italian - French architect G. Valadier (1793). In the Piazza there are three churches, the most important is Santa Maria al Popolo, with famous paintings of Caravaggio (St. Peter crucified head down, and the Conversion of Saint Paul). One finds here also the fashionable cafes Rosati and Canova (Fellini's favourite).
The piazza is surmounted by the Pincio Garden, a very ancient part of the Borghese Gardens, where from you can have one of the best views of Rome at sunset.

Piazza di Spagna: Collegio De Propaganda Fide

Piazza di Spagna: Collegio De Propaganda Fide

Gian Lorenzo Bernini's house

Gian Lorenzo Bernini's house

In the quarter you also find the Spanish Embassy, giving the name to the square and to the Steps since many centuries. With a quite bizarre combination, you also find MacDonald's and the Palace for the Defence of the Holy Faith by Borromini, face to face. You will be surprised to find out that MacDonalds' has quite elegant interiors, with a Roman mosaic at the entrance, and newly made frescoes. Fast food as usual includes fats, cholesterol and loads of meat, yet you will also find the only public toilets in the area.
The Palace of the Defense of the Holy Faith (i.e. Catholicism) is by architect Borromini, with a peculiar genial concave facade. Near to it in Via della Mercede you find the home of his great rival Bernini (as the marble slab reminds). Adjacent is the charming church of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte.

Ara Pacis

Ara Pacis

Mausoleum of Augustus

Mausoleum of Augustus

Finally, just after Via del Corso, on the way to the Tiber, one can find the Mausoleum of Augustus, a huge (40 Mt. diameter) circular grave of the the emperors of the Julio-Claudian dynasty (Augustus, first Roman emperor, and also Tiberius). Nearby, encased in glass, is the magnificent Ara Pacis, or Altar of Peace, one of the most artistically distinguished monuments of ancient Rome. It was erected in 9 BC to celebrate the wealth and security that Augustus victories in Spain and Gaul brought. It was rebuilt from ancient fragments amassed through a daunting, difficult excavation.


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