tair climbing requires 8-9 times more energy expenditure than sitting and burns about 7 times more calories than taking a lift. you burn about 0.17 calories for every step you climb, so you burn roughly a calorie and a half for every 10 upward steps. You also burn calories going down.
From the simple, straight-flight staircase to the medieval spiral (designed to give an advantage during a sword fight), here’s our list of the world’s most amazing staircases!
Spanish Steps (ROME, ITALY)
The Spanish Steps, one of Rome’s most recognizable attractions, was originally intended as a gateway to the Trinità dei Monti church. The elegant staircase of 135 steps was inaugurated in 1725 by Pope Benedict XIII and named after the Spanish Embassy to the Vatican that has been located in the bordering Piazza di Spagna since the 1600s. The steps have been featured in many films, had fashion runway shows staged on them, and are beautifully decked out with pots of azaleas in spring and a 19th-century nativity scene during the holidays.