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At the top of the famous Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy. 
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At the top of the famous Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy.

Wikipedia: The Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The Scalinata is the widest staircase in Europe. The monumental stairway of 138 steps was built with French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s bequeathed funds of 20,000 scudi, in 1723–1725, linking the Bourbon Spanish Embassy, and the Trinità dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France, both located above — to the Holy See in Palazzo Monaldeschi located below. The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi.

"Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble
Ancient footprints are everywhere
You can almost think that you’re seein’ double
On a cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs
Got to hurry on back to my hotel room
Where I’ve got me a date with Botticelli’s niece
She promised that she’d be right there with me
When I paint my masterpiece"
(Bob Dylan: When I Paint My Masterpiece).

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An out-of-season evening on Piazza di Spagna, at the base of the famous Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy. 
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An out-of-season evening on Piazza di Spagna, at the base of the famous Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy.
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Christmas atmosphere inside the Oratorio del Santissimo Sacramento al Tritone in Rome, Italy. 
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Christmas atmosphere inside the Oratorio del Santissimo Sacramento al Tritone in Rome, Italy.

"Oratorio del Santissimo Sacramento al Tritone is a Baroque church or oratory at Piazza Poli 11 on the Via del Tritone, and belongs to the Archconfraternity of the Blessed Sacrament (Arciconfraternita della Santissimo Sacramento) of the parish of Santa Maria in Via. Construction started during the pontificate of Gregory XIII (1572–1585), but was not completed until 1681. It was completely rebuilt by Gregorini during the pontificate of Benedict XIII (1724–1730), and was again restored and embellished by Tito Armellini in 1867.

The two-storey façade is by Carlo Rainaldi in the style of Borromini, and was completed in 1681. It is wavy with a convex central element flanked by two concave outer elements, and rendered in white. [...] The interior plan is elliptical and the architectural surfaces are richly decorated, with ribbed Composite rectangular pilasters in grey and gold and frescoes by Louis Martinori dating from the 19th century restoration. The large painting over the altar depicting the Holy Family is by Francesco Trevisani, dating from the 18th century rebuilding." (Text from Churches of Rome Wiki).

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Piazza della Chiesa Nuova ('New Church Square') in Rome, Italy. 
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Piazza della Chiesa Nuova ('New Church Square') in Rome, Italy.

The brightly lit facade belongs to the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella, built in late 16th century as the principal church of the Oratorian congregation, founded by St. Philip Neri in 1561. The nearby monument depicts Pietro Metastasio (1698-1782), an Italian poet famous for his librettos for Vivaldi's and Händel's operas.
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Inside the Chiesa Nuova in Rome, also known as Santa Maria in Vallicella, built in late 16th century as the principal church of the Oratorian congregation. 
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Inside the Chiesa Nuova in Rome, also known as Santa Maria in Vallicella, built in late 16th century as the principal church of the Oratorian congregation.
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