SANCTIS, Francesco de
(b. 1679, Roma, d. 1731, Roma)
Spanish Steps, Rome
The Spanish Steps are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.
The monumental stairway of 135 steps (the slightly elevated drainage system is often mistaken for the first step) was built in 1723-25, linking the Bourbon Spanish Embassy, and the Trinità dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France, both located above to the Holy See in Palazzo Monaldeschi located below. The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi.
The picture shows a view from below. At the bottom the Fontana dei Barcaccia by Bernini is located.
View the project for the Spanish Steps, 1723.