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The Spanish Steps    

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The Spanish Steps

Rome, Italy

Once, a 24-year-old man tried to drive a Toyota Celica down them, but mostly Rome’s Spanish Steps -- the widest staircase in Europe -- are used as a backdrop for lovers taking photographs of each other. The 138 steps are ground zero for visitors to meet. Just don’t meet there for lunch -- eating on the steps is strictly forbidden. Especially Big Macs. A McDonald’s built nearby in 1986 sparked protests that led to the founding of the international “slow food” movement.

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