Gracefully designed and good for a rest and people watching, I admit I was not overwhelmed by the Spanish Steps the first time I saw them. There seemed to be a lot of traffic, a lot of chaos, and too much grime and rubbish.
after staying nearby and passing through the area everyday, along with
my progressive understanding that the glory of modern Rome
is its very chaos and grime; I came to love them. I was there in
spring, and lovely purple-pink flowers dotted the steps. The fountain,
Barcaccia, the sinking boat at the foot of the steps soon became a
welcoming sight, like a friend always just happily burbling away no
matter what mayhem is going on nearby.