Rome Private Transfer : Visit Piazza di Spagna
Rome Private Transfer : Visit Piazza di Spagna – In one of the most famous films of all time, Roman Holidays, there is a scene in which the two protagonists, played by Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, enjoy an ice cream on the magnificent Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti (better-known as the Spanish Steps). That staircase, leading to the church of Trinità dei Monti, is located in one of the most famous places of the Eternal City: Piazza di Spagna, and consists of 136 steps. Pope Benedict XIII wanted architects Alessandro Specchi and Francesco De Sanctis to design it for the Jubilee in 1725.
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Its name comes from Palazzo di Spagna, seat of the Spanish Embassy at the Holy See.
At the center of the square you can admire a well-known and important fountain: the Barcaccia Fountain. The “Barcaccia”, the name by which it is known by most Romans, dates back to the Baroque period and was sculpted by two important artists of the time: Pietro da Cortona and his famous son, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Every December 8, Piazza di Spagna hosts a special event: the floral tribute to the statue of the Immaculate Conception, in front of the Iberian embassy. This statue was inaugurated on 8 December 1857.
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Since 1923 the aerobatic floral tribute to the statue has been made by the body of firefighters. Si nce 1958 this event has also taken a religious significance, as Pope John XXIII attended the cerimony for the first time.
Sinc e then the presence of the Holy Father has become a tradition, faithfully maintained by all the popes. Nowadays this event remains one of the most popular religious ceremonies of the Eternal City.
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