Where normally countless tourists sit or stroll up and down, a car driver has landed with his vehicle: on the Spanish Steps in the middle of Rome. The Italian lost control of his Maserati during the night and brought it to a standstill on the steps of the baroque staircase. In doing so, he caused damage to the 18th-century tourist attraction, the Roman daily La Repubblica reported on Thursday.
The man was reported. He will have to pay for the cost of repairing the stairs, according to the newspaper report, which also showed a mug shot of a broken stair nosing.
Built between 1723 and 1726 by the Roman architect Francesco De Sanctis, the Spanish Steps are called “Scalinata di Trinita dei Monti” in Italian. The German name comes from the Piazza di Spagna located below, which derived its meaning mainly from the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See, which has its headquarters here.