10. Canyon Staircase
The Canyon Staircase in Ecuador is located near the famous Paílón del Diablo waterfall on the Pastaza River. It is a fairly large waterfall, and one of the major tourist destinations of Ecuador. The stairway itself is one of the greatest attractions of the place. It meanders through the foliage with natural curves in sync with the waterfall, and is one of the most famous stairways in the world.
9. The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps are located in Roma, Italy . They are a monumental set of 135 stairs that lead to the Trinità dei Monti in Piazza Trinità dei Monti, climbing a steep slope, with the Piazza di Spagna at the base. It was built in 1723-1725 to form a link between the church and the Bourbon Spanish Embassy. A walk up these stairs will be a reminder of scenes from the 1953 classic, Roman Holiday .
8. Potemkin Stairs
The Potemkin Stairs, located in Odesa, Ukraine, is the the symbol of Odessa, and acts as the entrance to the city from the sea. Originally known as the Boulevard steps, the Giant Staircase and the Richelieu steps, it had 200 stairs, but 8 were lost under sand during the extension of the port. Battleship Potemkin, one of the greatest films, has an act, The Odessa Steps, is set on this stairway.
7. Bueren Mountain
The Montagne de Bueren or the Bueren Mountain in Liège, Belgium, is not a real mountain. It is a stairway of 374 steps. It leads to the famous but largely destroyed Citadel from the Hors-Château. It was built in 1881 to help the soldiers climb down from the top of the hill to the centre of the city safely. From the top of the stairway, one can get an excellent view of the city and the Meus River.
6. Santorini Stairway
The Santorini Stairway in Greece is one of the most famous stairways in the world. It was built in 1715 as a rough stairway into the side of the mountain, by the inhabitants of the island to hike to the top. It was improved later and used to carry cargo and passengers, on donkey-back, mainly. Though there is a cable car, the donkey rides up the zigzag stairway with 657 steps is still fun and popular.