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The Spanish Steps

‘Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti’, The Spanish Steps by Alessandro Specchi and Francesco de Sanctis in Rome, Italy.

Ah, the Spanish Steps, absolutely classic. Definitely a huge check box on my life-list. Over the course of my recent trip to Europe, I became interested in outdoor public spaces. I tried compiling a list of attributes of successful public spaces. The list includes things like; shade tree, places to sit, children’s play areas, cafes open to the square, furniture, fountains, pedestrian/bike zones, etc. The Spanish Steps don’t have all of those qualities, but they are incredibly successful as an active public space. The place is heavy with history, and the feeling of being in a quintessential Italian space negates the need for a playground or extra shade trees.

Plus, street vendors selling squashy rubber tomatoes!

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