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Piazza di spagna, spanish square, Fontana della Barcaccia, Fountain of the Old Boat, Colonna dell'Immacolata Concezione Column of the Immaculate Conception, Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, Palace of the Propagation of the Faith

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Lazio Information
Location of Lazio
Area: 17,208 km²
Population: 5.6m
Density: 327/km²
Capital: Rome

Find a hotel in Lazio
Provinces
Comunes
  • Frosinone
    • Acquafondata
      Acuto
      Alatri
      Alvito
      Amaseno
      Anagni
      Aquino
      Arce
      Arnara
      Arpino
      Atina
      Ausonia
      Belmonte Castello
      Boville Ernica
      Broccostella
      Campoli Appennino
      Casalattico
      Casalvieri
      Cassino
      Castelliri
      Castelnuovo Parano
      Castro dei Volsci
      Castrocielo
      Ceccano
      Ceprano
      Cervaro
      Colfelice
      Colle San Magno
      Collepardo
      Coreno Ausonio
      Esperia
      Falvaterra
      Ferentino
      Filettino
      Fiuggi
      Fontana Liri
      Fontechiari
      Frosinone
      Fumone
      Gallinaro
      Giuliano di Roma
      Guarcino
      Isola del Liri
      Monte San Giovanni Campano
      Morolo
      Paliano
      Pastena
      Patrica
      Pescosolido
      Picinisco
      Pico
      Piedimonte San Germano
      Piglio
      Pignataro Interamna
      Pofi
      Pontecorvo
      Posta Fibreno
      Ripi
      Rocca d'Arce
      Roccasecca
      San Biagio Saracinisco
      San Donato Val di Comino
      San Giorgio a Liri
      San Giovanni Incarico
      San Vittore del Lazio
      Sant'Ambrogio sul Garigliano
      Sant'Andrea del Garigliano
      Sant'Apollinare
      Sant'Elia Fiumerapido
      Santopadre
      Serrone
      Settefrati
      Sgurgola
      Sora
      Strangolagalli
      Supino
      Terelle
      Torre Cajetani
      Torrice
      Trevi nel Lazio
      Trivigliano
      Vallecorsa
      Vallemaio
      Vallerotonda
      Veroli
      Vicalvi
      Vico nel Lazio
      Villa Latina
      Villa Santa Lucia
      Villa Santo Stefano
      Viticuso

  • Latina
    • Aprilia
      Bassiano
      Campodimele
      Castelforte
      Cisterna di Latina
      Cori
      Fondi
      Formia
      Gaeta
      Itri
      Latina
      Lenola
      Maenza
      Minturno
      Monte San Biagio
      Norma
      Pontinia
      Ponza
      Priverno
      Prossedi
      Rocca Massima
      Roccagorga
      Roccasecca dei Volsci
      Sabaudia
      San Felice Circeo
      Santi Cosma e Damiano
      Sermoneta
      Sezze
      Sonnino
      Sperlonga
      Spigno Saturnia
      Terracina
      Ventotene

  • Rieti
    • Accumoli
      Amatrice
      Antrodoco
      Ascrea
      Belmonte in Sabina
      Borbona
      Borgo Velino
      Borgorose
      Cantalice
      Cantalupo in Sabina
      Casaprota
      Casperia
      Castel di Tora
      Castel Sant'Angelo
      Castelnuovo di Farfa
      Cittaducale
      Cittareale
      Collalto Sabino
      Colle di Tora
      Collegiove
      Collevecchio
      Colli sul Velino
      Concerviano
      Configni
      Contigliano
      Cottanello
      Fara in Sabina
      Fiamignano
      Forano
      Frasso Sabino
      Greccio
      Labro
      Leonessa
      Longone Sabino
      Magliano Sabina
      Marcetelli
      Micigliano
      Mompeo
      Montasola
      Monte San Giovanni in Sabina
      Montebuono
      Monteleone Sabino
      Montenero Sabino
      Montopoli di Sabina
      Morro Reatino
      Nespolo
      Orvinio
      Paganico Sabino
      Pescorocchiano
      Petrella Salto
      Poggio Bustone
      Poggio Catino
      Poggio Mirteto
      Poggio Moiano
      Poggio Nativo
      Poggio San Lorenzo
      Posta
      Pozzaglia Sabina
      Rieti
      Rivodutri
      Rocca Sinibalda
      Roccantica
      Salisano
      Scandriglia
      Selci
      Stimigliano
      Tarano
      Toffia
      Torri in Sabina
      Torricella in Sabina
      Turania
      Vacone
      Varco Sabino

  • Roma
    • Affile
      Agosta
      Albano Laziale
      Allumiere
      Anguillara Sabazia
      Anticoli Corrado
      Anzio
      Arcinazzo Romano
      Ardea
      Ariccia
      Arsoli
      Artena
      Bellegra
      Bracciano
      Camerata Nuova
      Campagnano di Roma
      Canale Monterano
      Canterano
      Capena
      Capranica Prenestina
      Carpineto Romano
      Casape
      Castel Gandolfo
      Castel Madama
      Castel San Pietro Romano
      Castelnuovo di Porto
      Cave
      Cerreto Laziale
      Cervara di Roma
      Cerveteri
      Ciampino
      Ciciliano
      Cineto Romano
      Civitavecchia
      Civitella San Paolo
      Colleferro
      Colonna
      Fiano Romano
      Filacciano
      Fiumicino
      Fonte Nuova
      Formello
      Frascati
      Gallicano nel Lazio
      Gavignano
      Genazzano
      Genzano di Roma
      Gerano
      Gorga
      Grottaferrata
      Guidonia Montecelio
      Jenne
      Labico
      Ladispoli
      Lanuvio
      Lariano
      Licenza
      Magliano Romano
      Mandela
      Manziana
      Marano Equo
      Marcellina
      Marino
      Mazzano Romano
      Mentana
      Monte Compatri
      Monte Porzio Catone
      Monteflavio
      Montelanico
      Montelibretti
      Monterotondo
      Montorio Romano
      Moricone
      Morlupo
      Nazzano
      Nemi
      Nerola
      Nettuno
      Olevano Romano
      Palestrina
      Palombara Sabina
      Percile
      Pisoniano
      Poli
      Pomezia
      Ponzano Romano
      Riano
      Rignano Flaminio
      Riofreddo
      Rocca Canterano
      Rocca di Cave
      Rocca di Papa
      Rocca Priora
      Rocca Santo Stefano
      Roccagiovine
      Roiate
      Roma
      Roviano
      Sacrofano
      Sambuci
      San Cesareo
      San Gregorio da Sassola
      San Polo dei Cavalieri
      San Vito Romano
      Santa Marinella
      Sant'Angelo Romano
      Sant'Oreste
      Saracinesco
      Segni
      Subiaco
      Tivoli
      Tolfa
      Torrita Tiberina
      Trevignano Romano
      Vallepietra
      Vallinfreda
      Valmontone
      Velletri
      Vicovaro
      Vivaro Romano
      Zagarolo

  • Viterbo
    • Acquapendente
      Arlena di Castro
      Bagnoregio
      Barbarano Romano
      Bassano in Teverina
      Bassano Romano
      Blera
      Bolsena
      Bomarzo
      Calcata
      Canepina
      Canino
      Capodimonte
      Capranica
      Caprarola
      Carbognano
      Castel Sant'Elia
      Castiglione in Teverina
      Celleno
      Cellere
      Civita Castellana
      Civitella d'Agliano
      Corchiano
      Fabrica di Roma
      Faleria
      Farnese
      Gallese
      Gradoli
      Graffignano
      Grotte di Castro
      Ischia di Castro
      Latera
      Lubriano
      Marta
      Montalto di Castro
      Monte Romano
      Montefiascone
      Monterosi
      Nepi
      Onano
      Oriolo Romano
      Orte
      Piansano
      Proceno
      Ronciglione
      San Lorenzo Nuovo
      Soriano nel Cimino
      Sutri
      Tarquinia
      Tessennano
      Tuscania
      Valentano
      Vallerano
      Vasanello
      Vejano
      Vetralla
      Vignanello
      Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia
      Viterbo
      Vitorchiano

Lazio Flag
A 'stemma' (pl.stemme) is the Italian word for 'coat of arms'. In Italy, every region, every province within that region and every comune within that province has its own coat of arms.

Order a hand painted tile displaying any 'Stemma' of your choice. See more here
Lazio Airports
Lazio National Parks
Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park
Circeo National Park
The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park
The Spanish Square
The Spanish Square - Photo: Luca Morè
Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square) is one of the most famous squares in Rome. It is located in a strategic position and connects to some of the most famous luxury shopping streets such as Via Condotti and Via del Babuino. These streets are lined by designer shops with such prestigious names as Valentino, Dior, Missoni, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. Thanks to its architectural grandeur, Piazza di Spagna also makes an excellent location for hosting grand scale events and as a perfect setting for the film industry.

However, Piazza di Spagna is not just an attractive location; it is also a place rich in history and architecture. The most prominent building is the Church of Trinita dei Monti which is located at the foot of the Pincio hill, overlooking the Scalinata Della Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps) and the Piazza di Spagna. The Church is the result of the relationship between San Francesco di Paola and King Charles VIII of France and subsequently with King Louis XII. Work began in 1502 and ended in 1519 and the facade of the Church (by Giacomo Della Porta and Domenico Fontana) has two symmetrical side towers and an obvious French influence. The interior has a single nave with a large number of chapels on each side. The Church is separated from the steps by the Obelisk Sallustiano which is located right in front of the Church and was inaugurated by Pope Pius VI in 1789. This obelisk is one of 13 in Rome which was built during the Roman Empire as direct imitations of Egyptian obelisks.

Piazza di spagna, spanish square, Fontana della Barcaccia, Fountain of the Old Boat, Colonna dell'Immacolata Concezione, Column of the Immaculate Conception, Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, Palace of the Propagation of the Faith
The Spanish Steps

The monumental stairway was built around 1723 at the wishes of Pope Benedict XIII. It was funded by the French and designed by Francesco De Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi. The magnificent stairway consists of more than 135 steps and was first used for the Jubilee of 1725. The function of this staircase is to link the Bourbon Spanish Embassy, after which the square is named, to the Church of Trinita dei Monti.

The staircase is also enriched by numerous terraces which, during the spring and summer, are decorated with colourful flowers making an amazing visual impact. The steps located at the end of a long road that led from the Tiber and was designed to increase the scenic effect as you approached them. It is typical of Baroque architecture, marked by very deep perspectives which culminate in impressive monumental backgrounds. In the right hand corner of the staircase is the home of the English poet John Keats, who lived and died there in 1821. Today, the home of the poet has been transformed into a museum dedicated to his memory and that of his friend Percy Bysshe Shelley. Amongst other things it is full of books keeping alive the memory of English Romanticism.

Piazza di spagna, spanish square, Fontana della Barcaccia, Fountain of the Old Boat, Colonna dell'Immacolata Concezione, Column of the Immaculate Conception, Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, Palace of the Propagation of the Faith
The 'Fountain of the old boat'

In the centre of the square, immediately at the foot of the stairs, you can find the Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Old Boat). It was built in 1627 by Pietro Bernini and his son, the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It seems that the work was inspired by the story of a boat that towards the end of the 16th century ran aground when the Tiber overflowed as the result of a flood. The fountain is covered in symbols like the sun and bees and coats of arms belonging to the Pope who commissioned Bernini and son to build the fountain.

Piazza di spagna, spanish square, Fontana della Barcaccia, Fountain of the Old Boat, Colonna dell'Immacolata Concezione, Column of the Immaculate Conception, Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, Palace of the Propagation of the Faith
The Palace of the Propagation of the Faith

On the Via Frattina side of the square stands the Palazzo di Propaganda Fide (Palace of the Propagation of the Faith) which is a property of the Holy See. It was originally built as a private residence for Umbrian Mons Ferratini Bartholomew, Bishop of Amelia from 1562 to 1571. The building now houses the Museum of the Missionary Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Its purpose is to present to the general public the works, objects and stories accumulated from all missionary activities in the world starting from the day of its establishment on June 22, 1622 to the present day. The front facade of this building was the originally designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and later by Francesco Borromini.

Piazza di spagna, spanish square, Fontana della Barcaccia, Fountain of the Old Boat, Colonna dell'Immacolata Concezione, Column of the Immaculate Conception, Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, Palace of the Propagation of the Faith
The Column of the Immaculate Conception

In front of the palace stands the Colonna dell'Immacolata Concezione (Column of the Immaculate Conception). It was designed by the architect Luigi Poletti and was erected on December 8th 1857 with the help of 220 fire fighters. The column has a marble base upon which stands an 11.81 metre high column that provides support for the bronze statue of the Virgin Mary made by Giuseppe Obici. At the base space there are four other statues depicting Moses (Ignatius Jacometti), David (Adam Tadolini), Isaiah (Salvatore Revelli) and Ezekiel ( Carlo Chelli). The day of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8th and every year a team of fire fighters (with the help of a crane) position a garland of flowers at the top of this column. The Pope regularly attends the ceremony extending his blessing to all present and making them free in his presence.

The Spanish Steps are easily accessible - the metro line 'A' has a station leading directly to the square. From here it is an easy walk to other key points of the city centre such as the Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Barberini, Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese and last but not least the famous shopping street Via del Corso.

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Lazio Information
Location of Lazio
Area: 17,208 km²
Population: 5.6m
Density: 327/km²
Capital: Rome

Find a hotel in Lazio
Provinces
Comunes
  • Frosinone
    • Acquafondata
      Acuto
      Alatri
      Alvito
      Amaseno
      Anagni
      Aquino
      Arce
      Arnara
      Arpino
      Atina
      Ausonia
      Belmonte Castello
      Boville Ernica
      Broccostella
      Campoli Appennino
      Casalattico
      Casalvieri
      Cassino
      Castelliri
      Castelnuovo Parano
      Castro dei Volsci
      Castrocielo
      Ceccano
      Ceprano
      Cervaro
      Colfelice
      Colle San Magno
      Collepardo
      Coreno Ausonio
      Esperia
      Falvaterra
      Ferentino
      Filettino
      Fiuggi
      Fontana Liri
      Fontechiari
      Frosinone
      Fumone
      Gallinaro
      Giuliano di Roma
      Guarcino
      Isola del Liri
      Monte San Giovanni Campano
      Morolo
      Paliano
      Pastena
      Patrica
      Pescosolido
      Picinisco
      Pico
      Piedimonte San Germano
      Piglio
      Pignataro Interamna
      Pofi
      Pontecorvo
      Posta Fibreno
      Ripi
      Rocca d'Arce
      Roccasecca
      San Biagio Saracinisco
      San Donato Val di Comino
      San Giorgio a Liri
      San Giovanni Incarico
      San Vittore del Lazio
      Sant'Ambrogio sul Garigliano
      Sant'Andrea del Garigliano
      Sant'Apollinare
      Sant'Elia Fiumerapido
      Santopadre
      Serrone
      Settefrati
      Sgurgola
      Sora
      Strangolagalli
      Supino
      Terelle
      Torre Cajetani
      Torrice
      Trevi nel Lazio
      Trivigliano
      Vallecorsa
      Vallemaio
      Vallerotonda
      Veroli
      Vicalvi
      Vico nel Lazio
      Villa Latina
      Villa Santa Lucia
      Villa Santo Stefano
      Viticuso

  • Latina
    • Aprilia
      Bassiano
      Campodimele
      Castelforte
      Cisterna di Latina
      Cori
      Fondi
      Formia
      Gaeta
      Itri
      Latina
      Lenola
      Maenza
      Minturno
      Monte San Biagio
      Norma
      Pontinia
      Ponza
      Priverno
      Prossedi
      Rocca Massima
      Roccagorga
      Roccasecca dei Volsci
      Sabaudia
      San Felice Circeo
      Santi Cosma e Damiano
      Sermoneta
      Sezze
      Sonnino
      Sperlonga
      Spigno Saturnia
      Terracina
      Ventotene

  • Rieti
    • Accumoli
      Amatrice
      Antrodoco
      Ascrea
      Belmonte in Sabina
      Borbona
      Borgo Velino
      Borgorose
      Cantalice
      Cantalupo in Sabina
      Casaprota
      Casperia
      Castel di Tora
      Castel Sant'Angelo
      Castelnuovo di Farfa
      Cittaducale
      Cittareale
      Collalto Sabino
      Colle di Tora
      Collegiove
      Collevecchio
      Colli sul Velino
      Concerviano
      Configni
      Contigliano
      Cottanello
      Fara in Sabina
      Fiamignano
      Forano
      Frasso Sabino
      Greccio
      Labro
      Leonessa
      Longone Sabino
      Magliano Sabina
      Marcetelli
      Micigliano
      Mompeo
      Montasola
      Monte San Giovanni in Sabina
      Montebuono
      Monteleone Sabino
      Montenero Sabino
      Montopoli di Sabina
      Morro Reatino
      Nespolo
      Orvinio
      Paganico Sabino
      Pescorocchiano
      Petrella Salto
      Poggio Bustone
      Poggio Catino
      Poggio Mirteto
      Poggio Moiano
      Poggio Nativo
      Poggio San Lorenzo
      Posta
      Pozzaglia Sabina
      Rieti
      Rivodutri
      Rocca Sinibalda
      Roccantica
      Salisano
      Scandriglia
      Selci
      Stimigliano
      Tarano
      Toffia
      Torri in Sabina
      Torricella in Sabina
      Turania
      Vacone
      Varco Sabino

  • Roma
    • Affile
      Agosta
      Albano Laziale
      Allumiere
      Anguillara Sabazia
      Anticoli Corrado
      Anzio
      Arcinazzo Romano
      Ardea
      Ariccia
      Arsoli
      Artena
      Bellegra
      Bracciano
      Camerata Nuova
      Campagnano di Roma
      Canale Monterano
      Canterano
      Capena
      Capranica Prenestina
      Carpineto Romano
      Casape
      Castel Gandolfo
      Castel Madama
      Castel San Pietro Romano
      Castelnuovo di Porto
      Cave
      Cerreto Laziale
      Cervara di Roma
      Cerveteri
      Ciampino
      Ciciliano
      Cineto Romano
      Civitavecchia
      Civitella San Paolo
      Colleferro
      Colonna
      Fiano Romano
      Filacciano
      Fiumicino
      Fonte Nuova
      Formello
      Frascati
      Gallicano nel Lazio
      Gavignano
      Genazzano
      Genzano di Roma
      Gerano
      Gorga
      Grottaferrata
      Guidonia Montecelio
      Jenne
      Labico
      Ladispoli
      Lanuvio
      Lariano
      Licenza
      Magliano Romano
      Mandela
      Manziana
      Marano Equo
      Marcellina
      Marino
      Mazzano Romano
      Mentana
      Monte Compatri
      Monte Porzio Catone
      Monteflavio
      Montelanico
      Montelibretti
      Monterotondo
      Montorio Romano
      Moricone
      Morlupo
      Nazzano
      Nemi
      Nerola
      Nettuno
      Olevano Romano
      Palestrina
      Palombara Sabina
      Percile
      Pisoniano
      Poli
      Pomezia
      Ponzano Romano
      Riano
      Rignano Flaminio
      Riofreddo
      Rocca Canterano
      Rocca di Cave
      Rocca di Papa
      Rocca Priora
      Rocca Santo Stefano
      Roccagiovine
      Roiate
      Roma
      Roviano
      Sacrofano
      Sambuci
      San Cesareo
      San Gregorio da Sassola
      San Polo dei Cavalieri
      San Vito Romano
      Santa Marinella
      Sant'Angelo Romano
      Sant'Oreste
      Saracinesco
      Segni
      Subiaco
      Tivoli
      Tolfa
      Torrita Tiberina
      Trevignano Romano
      Vallepietra
      Vallinfreda
      Valmontone
      Velletri
      Vicovaro
      Vivaro Romano
      Zagarolo

  • Viterbo
    • Acquapendente
      Arlena di Castro
      Bagnoregio
      Barbarano Romano
      Bassano in Teverina
      Bassano Romano
      Blera
      Bolsena
      Bomarzo
      Calcata
      Canepina
      Canino
      Capodimonte
      Capranica
      Caprarola
      Carbognano
      Castel Sant'Elia
      Castiglione in Teverina
      Celleno
      Cellere
      Civita Castellana
      Civitella d'Agliano
      Corchiano
      Fabrica di Roma
      Faleria
      Farnese
      Gallese
      Gradoli
      Graffignano
      Grotte di Castro
      Ischia di Castro
      Latera
      Lubriano
      Marta
      Montalto di Castro
      Monte Romano
      Montefiascone
      Monterosi
      Nepi
      Onano
      Oriolo Romano
      Orte
      Piansano
      Proceno
      Ronciglione
      San Lorenzo Nuovo
      Soriano nel Cimino
      Sutri
      Tarquinia
      Tessennano
      Tuscania
      Valentano
      Vallerano
      Vasanello
      Vejano
      Vetralla
      Vignanello
      Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia
      Viterbo
      Vitorchiano

Lazio Flag
A 'stemma' (pl.stemme) is the Italian word for 'coat of arms'. In Italy, every region, every province within that region and every comune within that province has its own coat of arms.

Order a hand painted tile displaying any 'Stemma' of your choice. See more here
Lazio Airports
Lazio National Parks
Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park
Circeo National Park
The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park
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