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The monumental Spanish Steps, located in the piazza of the same name, were designed by Francesco De Sanctis, and link the Spanish embassy to the Holy See.
The square located at the base of the steps holds the early Baroque fountain called the Baraccia, accredited to Pietro Bernini, father of the more famous Gian Lorenzo.
Legend narrates that the fountain was added by the request of Pope Urban VIII who after seeing a boat on the Tiber after a flood, remained so impressed that he wanted one like it in the Piazza. The Spanish steps holds a number of interesting places to see in and around it like the majestic sixteenth-century fašade of the TrinitÓ dei Monti at the bottom of the square, and the house of English poet John Keats, who died in 1827, which is now a museum displaying memorabilia dedicated to his life and the English Romantic period or the Villa Medici at the top.
It took two years, from 1723 to 1725, to build the 138 stone steps which quickly became a gathering place for Roman artists with the objective of earning money from public displays of art or acting. Modern day artists continue to carry on this tradition for the millions of tourists that come to visit the steps annually. Springtime is especially a popular time on the steps for it is in May the internationally famous flower show covers the steps with colourful azaleas adding to make even more beautiful. In July, an annual high fashion show takes place on the steps where one can see many of the most beautiful models in the world strolling down the pathway with celebrities and world renown stylists sitting nearby.