Rome – Los Angeles Connection

Rome:  Spanish Steps (Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti)

Los Angeles:  Bunker Hill Steps

The Spanish Steps were designed by the Italian Francesco de Sanctis and built in 1725.  At the foot of the stairs is a fountain featuring a small boat.  The fountain is named Barcaccia and is believed to be by Pietro Bernini.

The Bunker Hill Steps were designed by Lawrence Halprin, inspired by Rome’s Spanish Steps and were completed in 1990.  The stairway is divided in two by a simulated mountain stream.  The source of the water is a fountain at the top called Source Figure which features a sculpture of a female.  This bronze sculpture was designed by Robert Graham.

My Tour of Downtown LA

When we have had family visitors from out of state, naturally they have wanted to visit the usual tourist spots:  the Hollywood walk, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Venice Beach, Beverly Hills, etc.  However, we wanted to offer a look at some of the lesser known attractions in downtown Los Angeles.  So, after doing a little research on the internet, we devised our own tour that will consume 4 – 6 hours, is easily accessed on foot and hits several points of interest.  (This map might be helpful.)  Let’s get started.

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