Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy
Do: Sit on the Spanish Steps The Spanish Steps are a first-rate spot for people watching, and both locals and tourists gather on the 138 stairs, constructed in the 18th century. The Trinita dei Monti church is at the top, and at the bottom is the bustling Piazza di Spagna, where the Baroque Fountain of the Old Boat and the former home of poet John Keats also draw visitors. Stay:Condotti Palace On a cobblestone street lined by restaurants and shops, the 22-room Condotti Palace has a great central Rome location, within walking distance of numerous iconic sites -- the Spanish Steps are just two blocks away. Rooms are well-kept and have up-to-date extras such as small flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, but the standard rooms are a bit small.