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The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi. Following a competition in the steps were designed by the little-known Francesco de Sanctis though Alessandro Specchi was long thought to have produced the winning entry. Generations of heated discussion over how the steep slope to the church on a shoulder of the Pincio should be urbanised preceded the final execution.
Gaspar van Wittel 's view of the wooded slope inbefore the Scalinata was built, is conserved in the Galleria Nazionale, Rome. Mazarin died inthe pope inand Gueffier's will was successfully contested by a nephew who claimed half; so the project lay dormant until Pope Clement XI Albani renewed interest in it.
The solution is a gigantic inflation of some conventions of terraced garden stairs. A new renovation commenced on October 8, and the steps reopened on September 21, In the Piazza di Spagna at the base is the Early Baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia "Fountain of the longboat"built in —29 and often credited to Pietro Berninifather of a more famous son, Gian Lorenzo Berniniwho is recently said to have collaborated on the decoration.
The elder Bernini had been the pope's architect for the Acqua Verginesince According to a legend, Pope Urban VIII had the fountain installed after he had been impressed by a boat brought here by a flood of the Tiber. In the piazza, at the corner on the right as one begins to climb the steps, is the house where English poet John Keats lived and died in ; it is now a museum dedicated to his memory, full of memorabilia of the English Romantic generation.
Spanish Steps - a-ha - Greatest Hits the same right side stands the 15th-century former cardinal Lorenzo Cybo de Mari 's palace, now Ferrari di Valbona, a building altered in to designs by Marcello Piacentinithe main city planner during Fascismwith modern terraces perfectly in harmony with the surrounding baroque context. At the top, the stairway ramp up the Pincio which is the Pincian Hill.
From the top of the steps the Villa Medici can be reached. During Christmas time a 19th-century criba manger is displayed on the Tu Nas Pas Très Bon Caractère - Patrice Et Mario - Calypso Mélodie landing of the staircase. During Springtime, just before the anniversary of the foundation of Rome, April 21, part of the steps are covered by pots of azaleasup until early May.
In Spanish Steps - a-ha - Greatest Hits times the Spanish Steps have included a small cut-flower market. The steps are not a place for eating lunch, being forbidden by Roman urban regulations, but they are usually crowded with people.
The Steps are featured in F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel, Tender Is the Night The apartment that was the setting for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is halfway up on the right. Bernardo Bertolucci 's Besieged is also set in a house next to the Steps.
The Steps were featured Spanish Steps - a-ha - Greatest Hits in the film version of The Talented Mr. Ripleystarring Matt Damon in the title role. An episode of the anime series Bang To The Rhythm (Neil Stainton Radio Mix) - Cold Sensation - Bang To The Rhythm Girlentitled "Gelato Ice Cream ," which first aired infeatures the protagonist by the Spanish Steps having her "reward" of ice cream after having completed a successful raid.
Midway through the animated film Love Alice In Wonderland - Unknown Artist - Disneys Main Street Electrical Parade The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbowthe Steps were featured prominently as the site where the main idol group Aqours performed the main musical number of the film, "Hop?
IImentions both the "Spanish Stairs" and the Colosseum. The opening track of Spanish Steps - a-ha - Greatest Hits Morrison 's album Poetic Champions Compose is an instrumental titled "Spanish Steps" that features a haunting, evocative saxophone throughout. North American and Japanese versions of the Mindfields album, released in by the American rock band Totoinclude the Spanish Steps - a-ha - Greatest Hits "Spanish Steps of Rome" as a bonus track.
The song describes a femme fatale romance that takes place on and around the Spanish Steps. On 16 Januarythe Italian artist Graziano Cecchini covered the Spanish Steps with hundreds of thousands of multicoloured plastic balls. He claimed it was done to make the world notice the situation of the Karen people in Myanmar,  and as a protest against the living conditions of artists in Italy.
On 9 Novembera God Is Not A DJ - S3RL - Remastered (Memory Stick) event was held on the Steps to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in ; the event included the erection of replicas of parts of the wall.
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