Row in Rome over proposed plan to fence-off Spanish Steps

THE ART NEWSPAPER | Victoria Stapley-Brown, Carole Blumenfeld:

Calls to restrict access and charge a fee to sit on the Spanish Steps—a monumental 18th-century Roman travertine stairway connecting the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinità dei Monti that has served as a major meeting point and passageway for centuries—have met with harsh criticism. Paolo Bulgari, the president of the jewellery house, says access to the flight of steps, which bridges two areas of Rome’s city centre, should be controlled. The company recently paid nearly €1.5m to restore the steps… Read more

Image: The head of the luxury brand that paid for a recent restoration of the Spanish Steps wants it protected by a fence at the top and bottom that is locked at night. Photo © Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali