Monday, August 25, 2008

Piazza di Spagna

This is the piazza at the foot of the Spanish Steps, "Scalla di Spagna", also known as the "Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti". Design of the steps finished by Francesco de Sanctis after generations of controversy. The church at the top of the Steps is the Trinita dei Monti, founded by the French in 1495.

"The Spanish Stairs were built to unite Via del Babuino (the easternmost of the three main arteries radiating into the city from the Piazza del Popolo) with Via Felice, the first great street planned by Sixtus V (1585). Their junction is crossed at an approximately right angle by Via Condotti, which defines the direction toward St. Peter's and the Vatican. Several projects were made between 1717 and 1720, also by Alessandro Specchi, whose ideas were later assimilated by the chosen architect of the Stairs, Francesco de Sanctis. The very rich and varied solution ultimately employed by De Sanctis (1723-26) is based on a simple doubling in depth of the central theme from the Ripetta: a protruding volume flanked by convex stairs and a straight flight in front. The upper unit presents the theme in its basic form; the lower constitutes an articulate and lively variation."


Here are some pictures of the piazza...


8 comments:

R-yo August 25, 2008 at 8:00 PM  

iba talaga ang dating ng Europe. hay, sana maligaw dyan one day..

salingPUSA August 26, 2008 at 1:04 AM  

Wow---Spanish steps. A lot of people would die just to be in that area. And there are many tourists. Pag naligaw si r-yo dyan sana kasama nya kong maligaw.kkk

RONeiluke, RN August 26, 2008 at 6:46 AM  

i have seen this before..nasa MILAN din ba to? if my memory serves me right, dito sila umupo minsan..ahehe!

donya michy August 26, 2008 at 4:07 PM  

whoah!!!!!!!!!!!!
am really missing a lot.
Are those tourists or are they locals? One thing I've noticed, people in Italy loves to hang out in their piazza.

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Ailecgee August 27, 2008 at 6:34 AM  

Looks like it's too cold over there.
Noticeable because of your nice coat and everyones wearing a jacket of sort. Sarap naman dyan!

Tey August 27, 2008 at 6:59 AM  

hmmm pizza and spaghetti from Italy.. I want that. Thanks for the visit Richele
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carlotta1924 August 27, 2008 at 10:10 AM  

astig naman nyan! salamat din sa history lesson =)

sana mapadpad din ako jan minsan hehe =)

Krishna August 27, 2008 at 11:34 AM  

Hi, I love the photos!
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