Scalinata dei Borgia
Scalinata dei Borgia
4
What people are saying
Mairwen1
By Mairwen1
Easiest Way to Find the Basilica of St Peter in Chains
3.0 of 5 bubblesJun 2022
This long, steep flight of stairs is very handy to know about. It links Via Cavour, the main street of Monti, with the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli (St Peter in Chains). The church is one of the highlights in the area and the stairs are by far the easiest and most direct way to find it. If you are exploring the area, the basilica is a must-see. It houses Michelangelo’s tomb for Pope Julius II and his famous sculpture of Moses as well as the holy relic chains that held St Peter when he was imprisoned. The medical staircase is picturesque and will probably catch your eye. Halfway up, on the right, is the Church of San Francesco di Paola and overhead, stretching across the staircase, is a grand palazzo, covered in a heavy curtain of ivy. The palazzo passed through several hands but was home to the infamous Borgia family for many years. The balcony overlooking the arch belonged to Giovanna Cattanei, who was Pope Alexander VI Borgia’s mistress. Their four children included the notorious Lucrezia Borgia. They were quite a family. The eldest son, Giovanni Borgia was murdered here on these steps in 1497, probably by one of his brothers. As he stepped out of the door leading onto the staircase, he was stabbed to death and his body was thrown into the Tiber River. Speculation abounded. There were in fact, quite a few people who wanted him dead but suspicion fell mainly on his brothers. One brother famously hated him and he was having an affair with another brother’s wife.

Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top ways to experience Scalinata dei Borgia and nearby attractions

The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Centro

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles40 reviews
Excellent
14
Very good
16
Average
10
Poor
0
Terrible
0

These reviews have been automatically translated from their original language.
This service may contain translations provided by Google. Google disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to translations, including any warranties of accuracy, reliability, and any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and freedom from forgery.

Mairwen1
United Kingdom11,027 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This long, steep flight of stairs is very handy to know about. It links Via Cavour, the main street of Monti, with the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli (St Peter in Chains). The church is one of the highlights in the area and the stairs are by far the easiest and most direct way to find it.
If you are exploring the area, the basilica is a must-see. It houses Michelangelo’s tomb for Pope Julius II and his famous sculpture of Moses as well as the holy relic chains that held St Peter when he was imprisoned.
The medical staircase is picturesque and will probably catch your eye. Halfway up, on the right, is the Church of San Francesco di Paola and overhead, stretching across the staircase, is a grand palazzo, covered in a heavy curtain of ivy.
The palazzo passed through several hands but was home to the infamous Borgia family for many years. The balcony overlooking the arch belonged to Giovanna Cattanei, who was Pope Alexander VI Borgia’s mistress. Their four children included the notorious Lucrezia Borgia. They were quite a family. The eldest son, Giovanni Borgia was murdered here on these steps in 1497, probably by one of his brothers. As he stepped out of the door leading onto the staircase, he was stabbed to death and his body was thrown into the Tiber River. Speculation abounded. There were in fact, quite a few people who wanted him dead but suspicion fell mainly on his brothers. One brother famously hated him and he was having an affair with another brother’s wife.
Written 20 July 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy33,091 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
The Borgia Stairs lead from Via Cavour to Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains). The stairs pass under an ancient building associated with the notorious Borgia family (in particular, Vannozza dei Cattanei, the mistress of Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and the mother of several of his children, including Cesare and Lucrezia). Legend has it that this was the site of the ancient Vicus Sceleratus (evil street) where Tullia ran her chariot over the body of her father, King Servius Tullius, in 509 B.C.E. Years later, Juan Borgia was assassinated here after leaving the Borgia property, perhaps by his own brother, Cesare. Despite association with these violent events, the staircase is very pretty, with ivy draping down from the building.
Written 24 April 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Vadim
Murmansk, Russia34,342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Although the staircase bears the name of Borgia, it became famous much earlier. It was called Vicus sceleratus or the street of villains in the days of ancient Rome because of the residence of a criminal element here. The street confirmed its reputation as a villainous place during the last Roman kings. It was on this street in the VI century BC that the daughter of the sixth Roman king Servius Tullia Tullia Jr. rode a chariot over her dying father for the sake of her new husband Tarquinius the Proud. This staircase received its modern name after the famous Pope Alexander VI in the world, Rodrigo Borgia, who became famous for his actual and attributed crimes. However, the pope's competitors were killed by poison or dagger on other streets of Rome. On the contrary, it was quiet on this street leading to San Pietro in Vincoli. Vannozza Giovanna Cattanei, the pope's mistress and the mother of his illegitimate children lived here because the popes didn`t observe such a painful thing as celibacy at the turn of the XV-XVI centuries. Therefore, the Romans named the balcony above the arch il Balcone di Vannozza in honor of his mistress.
Written 17 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

dapper777
Monaco64,481 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
Via di San Francesco di Paola is a street in the Monti district, between Via Cavour and Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli.
It currently looks like a staircase that, going up from Via Cavour, passes under a suggestive arch of the Borgias Palace.
The street owes its name to the nearby Church of San Francesco di Paola, dating back to the 17th century.
The street originally had an irregular course. It was divided into several segments, one of which started from Piazza della Suburra, the other from Via Leonina, which then merged and then the streer split again into two further ahead, one part ending in Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli immediately after the the arch, the other instead passed under the Church of San Francesco di Paola, beyond which it was interrupted.
The construction of Via Cavour led to the first major downsizing of this road. The massive planning works in the area caused the destruction of the part of the street that started from Piazza della Suburra and the division of the other part into two distinct streets, separated by Via Cavour.
In the following years, the road planning authorities had the task to rearrange what remained of the street: in 1911 the section between Via Cavour and Via Leonina became the climb dei Borgias, while the section in front of the Church became, in 1922, Piazza of San Francesco di Paola.
In the stairway, also called "Scalinata di San Francesco di Paola", under the arch, also known as the Arch of the Borgias, is a sacred shrine depicting Our Lady of Good Cousel.It is a fascinating and evocative pedestrian passage to access the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli with its treasures and extraordinary works of art.
The staircase is easy to walk through.
Written 8 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GeorgeK10787
Grimsby, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
At the end of the stairs you can find San Pietro In Vincoli Church. Here is the Michelangelo's Moses.
Written 29 January 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sammy1234ww
74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
These creepy steps are a must see if you know some history. You can almost feel the evil in the air when you are walk down the stairs. When you come out though there is beautiful wisteria hanging on the wall of the building. Just lovely.
Written 8 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

E.L.E
Brno, Czech Republic18,614 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Very famous steps leading to the San Pietro in Vincoli church. These steps has some Román history as well. I saw them randomly a d quite curious about them until i read more
Written 24 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

geo k
Athens, Greece109 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
a way to skip the circle to go to Colosseo, with a nice view not sth you need to experience anyway, Borgias creepiness always thrills
Written 13 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Emaigh21
Ireland46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Directly opposite our hotel. Steep walk but handy to get colosseum and the university. Great photo opportunity. The men on the stall near the university has thecheapest souvenirs about. And very friendly compared to other stalls which our pushy and only want the sale.
Written 15 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Claudio Globetrotter.
Passo Corese, Italy11,465 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
It seems that in the past passing around here was not very healthy! Sia in tempi molto remoti che con lo scorrere del tempo passare da qui era pericoloso! Some very famous people you have already read about in previous reviews lost their lives coming down from here. And in past centuries not being very lit this staircase was used for fast and sometimes quite deadly ambushes! Thank goodness things have changed and now you can see this corner of the eternal city without risking your life! So enjoy (safely ) you people of TripAdvisor.
Automatically translated
Written 12 July 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 12
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

SCALINATA DEI BORGIA (2024) All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

All Rome HotelsRome Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Rome
All things to do in Rome
Day Trips in Rome
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire