What to do and where to eat in Rome: Piazza di Spagna

Are you in Rome? Would you like to know what to visit near to the Spanish Steps? In this article you will find even more: here you are the list of the best restaurants close to Piazza di Spagna.

Piazza di Spagna: a little bit of history

Piazza di Spagna, at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, is one of the most famous squares in Rome. It owes its name to the Palazzo di Spagna, seat of the Embassy of Spain among the Holy See. Nearby is the famed Column of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed in Virgin Mary
In the middle of the square is the famous Fontana della Barcaccia, dating to the beginning of the baroque period, sculpted by Pietro Bernini and his son, the more famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
At the right corner of the Spanish Steps rises the house of the English poet John Keats, who lived there until his death in 1821: nowadays it has been changed into a museum dedicated to him and his friend Percy Bysshe Shelley, displaying books and memorabilia of English romanticism. At the left corner there is the Babington’s tea room, founded in 1893.
Today it’s one of the most touristic square (and you can see why) and there aren’t pubs or bars around so it’s not a nightlife area.
If you want to go shopping, this is the definitely one of the best place to go shopping in Rome; whether you’re interested in big brands like Dolce&Gabbana, Prada or Fendi, or small brands like Zara or H&M, here you will find everything. From Piazza di Spagna begins a street called Via Condotti, famous for the “big brand” shops, and Via Condotti crosses Via del Corso, famous for the shops for teenagers.

When to go

The square and the steps are, obviously, opened every day and every night, but I think that the best period to come and see it, it’s Spring, not Summer because it’s way too crowded and you won’t be able too actually enjoy the beauty of the square and of the amazing steps.
It’s actually quite beautiful to see it at night, when there are few people around and the shops are closed but the entire area is enlightened and everything is very romantic.

What and where to eat: the best restaurants near the Spanish Steps

This is a very touristic area, so be careful when you choose your restaurant, pizzeria, gelateria or bar. Here are few tips if you want to eat something at or around Piazza di Spagna.
If you like Italian desserts, or just desserts, you have to stop at Pompi, the King of Tiramisù (Via della Croce 82, 30 meters from Spanish Steps), this is definitely one of the best place where you can taste the best tiramisù of Rome; they have the classical flavor (chocolate, biscuits dipped in coffee and mascarpone cream) or with strawberry, pistachio, hazelnut, banana and so on.
If you want to have a coffee you should go to Antico Caffè Greco, in Via Condotti, it’s an historic landmark café opened since 1760, it’s the oldest café of Rome and a lot of historic figures including Stendhal, Goethe, Byron, Keats and Casanova, have had coffee there.
One of the best restaurant of the area is Margutta RistorArte (Via Margutta 118), a very particular vegetarian restaurant where brunches and happy hours are organized during the weekend.
Another amazing place is Imàgo, (Piazza Trinità dei Monti 6, inside the Hotel Hassler), this is one of the best restaurant of the city center of Rome, but it’s quite expensive, since it’s a Michelin starred restaurant.
If you like truffles you can try Tartufi&Friends (Via Borgognona 4/E) where you will have the best risotto al tartufo of your life!
If you are walking around and you feel a bit hungry but you don’t want to have dinner, you can do an aperitivo (happy hour), and the best place to do it is La.Vi (Via Tomacelli 23), which is also an amazing enoteca and they have a wonderful rooftop with a bar.

How to reach it

The best way to get to Piazza di Spagna is the subway. The entrance of the station is exactly at the right of the steps, so it’s very easy to find. Here arrives only the A line, the red one, so if you find yourself close to a stop of the blue line (B or B1) you can take that until Termini and there you can take the A line till Spagna.

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