Campo dei Fiori, Rome
Favorite thing: This square is one of the places where I always try to come when I am in Rome. Awfully this is not so close to the station where I usually stay, so sometime I have to skip the visit. The square is really closed to Piazza Navona. The name, literally field of flowers comes from the various kind of flowers that in the past decorated the square. This place is popular for its market but also because in the past it was the scene of executions. Infact the square is dominated by the philosopher Giordano Bruno that there was burned.
Campo dei fiori is probably the most pitoresque square of Rome, always very busy and always noisy. I spend some pleasant moments sitting on the terrace of an cafe-bar enjoying good espresso and listening to the locals at the market. Yes, the sellers shouting alot but mostly in making jokes and teasing each other.
The statue to Giordano Bruno dominates the whole square since 1889, honouring the phylosopher who was burnt here in 1600 as heretic. It is work of Italian sculptor Ettore Ferrari.
Opposite to the monument is convent and the church of Santa Brigida, dedicated to St. Bridget of Sweden. It is the Swedish national church.
Behind the monument is Fontana Nuova which used to be at the centre of the square but was dismalted in 1889 to make room for the monument to Giordano Bruno.
Nestled between Corso Vittorio and the Tiber River, is this wonderful jumble of umbrella-topped stalls bursting with flowers and vegetables, meats and cheeses, and even T-shirts, hosiery, and luggage. The market takes place each morning except Sunday, and neighbors fill shopping bags with all the very freshest treats of Lazio. Only seasonal foods are found here.
Fondest memory: Walking throught the beautiful stalls with brightly colored flowers and smells of those wonderful fresh fruits and cheeses.
Campo dei fiori is worth while a stroll even though you didn't plan on anything.
Besides the flower vendours there are fresh veggies and all sorts of different types of herbs for sale.
Fondest memory: Just look around and listen to the kakophony, smell the many odours and see all the wonderful colours....
This lively functional campo is now home to a daily flower market in the old square. It used to be a camp covered by green grass and flowers - this probably gave the name to the square: Campo di Flora. The square subsequently became a site of market, hotels, inns, book-shops and houses of famous courtesans. As one of the city centers here the executions took place as well.
Fondest memory: We missed this on our trip in March but found it on our visit later that year in June - just as they were packing up!
So many things you must do, but I particularly enjoyed wandering around the ruins at the Roman Forum and strolling through the Borghese gardens in the North and coming across lakes and temples - just beautiful.
Fondest memory: Although bustling with people and traffic Rome is also a calm relaxing place to chill out over a drink and people watch. We liked sitting in the Campo de Fiori particularly.
Drop by the square known as CAMPO DEI FIORI... In the mornings there is an open-air market there.
Fondest memory: The statue is of Giordano Bruno, who was burned in this square as a heretic on February 17, 1600.