Spanish Steps view
Rome, Italy
At the lower end of the stairs, you can find an early baroque fountain made by Pietro Bernini called ''Fontana della Barcaccia'', or ''Fountain of the Old Boat''. The fountain has the form of a sinking ship and it is said to be based upon a folk legend. The legend tells that a fishing boat was carried all the way to this exact spot during a massive flood of the Tiber River in the 16th century. The design with the sinking boat also helped Bernini to overcome a technical problem, due to low water pressure.