The Spanish Steps, located on the Piazza di Spagna, is the tourist center of Rome. Constructed in 1720, the flight of 135 steps connects the piazza with the commanding church TrinitГ dei Monti above. The French were planning to mount a statue of Louis XIV here, but the Pope strongly protested, and not until after the architect Fracesco De Sactis brought the project of majestic Rococo decoration of the steps to life, both sides were satisfied. The center of the square is occupied by the fountain Barcaccia (The Fountain of the Old Boat) designed by Pietro Bernini, the father of the famous Giovanni Lorenzo. Gogol drew water from this fountain when he lived nearby. Narrow side streets around the Piazza di Spagna compose one of the most fascinating neighbourhoods of Rome. The square and local cafes have for a long time been a favourite meeting place for upper-class Romans, as well as intellectuals, artists, authors and composers. The famous CaffГЁ Greco was frequented by Keats, Goethe, Byron, Liszt, and Wagner.