The Spanish Steps are a set of steps between the Piazza di Spagna at the bottom and the church of the Trinita dei Monti at the top.
The 135 step in truly monumental and was built when French diplomat Etienne Gueffier donated 20,000 scudi in 1723. It linked the Bourbon Spanish embassy at the top of the steps to the Holy See in Palazzo Monaldeschi at the bottom.
During May, part of the steps are covered by pots of azaleas. In modern times the Spanish Steps have included a small cut-flower market. The steps are not a place for eating lunch, being forbidden by Roman urban regulations, but they are usually crowded with people.
The 1953 film Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, made the Spanish Steps famous to an American audience.