From the Colosseum, we took the metro to head for the Barberini stop for our next itinerary, the Trevi Fountain. You would need a change of metro line at Termini for Barberini. From the Barberini stop, it is a 600m, 10 minutes downhill walk. Elder travelers would not find this walk difficult but coming from the opposite direction, it would be taxing. (300m in the opposite direction, walking uphill you’ll reach Hard Rock Cafe.)
Lucky for us, the renovation works on Trevi Fountain has been fully completed, otherwise it would be another disappointment as the Rialto Bridge in Venice is also under renovation and our next itinerary, the Spanish Steps near-by, is half completed. Whats frustrating at the Rialto & the Spanish Steps is you don’t see workers attending to the renovation.
After a brief stop at the Trevi Fountain for some pictures and selfies, we walked over to the Spanish Steps. It’s another 600m, 10 minutes of gentle up-slope walk. Another tourist spot that is under renovation. At least it is ½ completed and the fountain is operational. Back in summer of 1985, the steps has a huge collection of potted azaleas with hundreds of people sitting on the steps, mostly couples but not during this 2nd visit of mine. There was a saying that tossing a coin into the fountain will make you want to come back to Rome one day. It is kind of difficult to believe, however I did just that, back then.
After taking photos, selfies and taking a rest in the shade, we are ready to continue to the Vatican. You will need to take the metro at Spagna stop and you can walk there following the map below. It’s a right turn at the Diesel store into an alley towards the underground walkway. At the other end of the alley before the underground walkway, there is a small McDonald’s outlet.