Campo dei Fiori (it translates Field of Flowers, but don't expect a pastoral setting -- it was paved over in the 15th century) is another lively hub in the historic center of Rome. Best known for its morning market of flowers and vegetables which have replaced a former horse market. (I think the prices are great, especially considering the quality of the produce.) In the afternoon and evening, the vendors leave the square to the bars and restaurants. The piazza has a colorful history -- murders as well as executions. You'll find a statue in the piazza raised in memory of Giordano Bruno, a philosopher, who was burned at the stake in 1600 for "heresies" against the Catholic Church.
It was also here that the painter Caravaggio supposedly killed a tennis-game opponent after an argument, leading to his four-year flight from Rome on murder charges.
From here you should wander the wonderful small streets of the local neighborhood - it's the perfect area to get lost in and make your own discoveries.
This Piazza is schizophrenic! By day, it is the seat of Rome’s flower market (as the name indicated) and it’s really worth seeing as it is the more “traditional” face of the Campo. By night, it’s a meeting point for Roman youth and tourists and the Campo manage to be even more cramped that the Porta Portese market at peak hour! So much that some resident are really, really not happy about the loud and rowdy crowd invading the Piazza every night. Although, it’s a lot of fun… let’s admit. But don’t hang out there for too long as you might become dizzy or claustrophobic. Although a lot of good bars are located here (if you can find a seat!). Usually, people make a meeting point of the statue that’s in the middle of the square. The bent and cloaked head of Giordano Bruno, Dominican priest, philosopher, mathematician and scientist, who dared contradict the Church about the infinity of the universe (Galileo was more lucky, he publicly renounced his theory under the pressure while still believing it). He is represented with his hands tied up, ready to be taken to stake where he would be burned alive by order of the Inquisition. A reminder of darker times, but also of courage in the face of adversity and the power of Enlightment.
Campo de' Fiori is a large local feeling square in the heart of Rome.
It is ringed by cafes and bars and is home to a fabulous flower and vegie market in the mornings, and is a happening place for nightlife in the evenings.
There are also some good clothing stores on the roads that lead into the square.
Yet another fabulous place to pull up a chair, order an espresso or vino and do some serious people watching/meeting....depending on how many of those vino's you've had!!
Produce markets are always fun, and Rome's Campo de' Fiori is no exception. Set down right in the middle of the city, the square is a blaze of colour and fresh and fruity smells all morning and a popular place to hang out on the cafes and bars that ring the square in the afternoons and evenings after the market has packed up. The array of fruit and vegetables is dazzling - everything looks so fresh and, as no Italian housewife worth her salt would use anything second-rate to feed her family, the quality is superb. You'll see more varieties of tomato on sale here that you ever dreamt of - and each one has its own attributes and particular use. Prices are good too - this is where Romans come to shop so you won't be charged over-inflated tourist prices here as you will at the fruit stalls in places that tourists frequent.
The streets that lead into the market square are definitely the place to browse awhile - we found the perfect purple belt for a friend in one small shop and gorgeous embroidered bags in another - MrL's big purchase was a chunk of perfect pecorino. You'll find traces of the area's history in the street names - Campo de' Fiori means Field of Flowers and that's just what the place was until the 15th century (only yesterday in Roman-time) - an unused meadow. They still sell flowers here but although you can still buy a travelling trunk in Via dei Baullari (the street of the coffer makers), a book in Via del Pellegrino (the street of the bookbinders) and a fine suit in Via dei Giubbonari (the street of the tailors) you'll have a harder time finding a crossbow in Via dei Balestrari.
Drunken revellers and dirty deeds in back alleys can be a problem at night in the area - but that's nothing new. It was here that Caravaggio murdered a tennis opponent in a fit of wine-fuelled rage and Lucrezia Borgia's brother was poisoned in his palace overlooking the square.
A more intellectual tradition sees the square's cafes and bars being the favourite meeting place for the city's alternative thinkers - a tradition that honours the 15th century philosopher-monk, Giordano Bruno, who was burnt at the stake here for his radical advocacy of the separation between the political and religious power of the Church. When that finally happened in the 19th century with the reunion of Italy, the men who fought that battle erected a memorial statue of Bruno on the spot where he died.
Campo de Fiori, translated literally means "Field of Flowers"; the origin of the name is (I think) because of the market established here, where in the morning you can buy flowers, of course, but not only: food, clothes and other stuff. This ancient square, wich in the center has the statue of Giordano Bruno (given to flames because supposed to be an heretic by the Catholic Church) is in the heart of Rome and has become a popular spot for meeting people. Campo de' Fiori with its small and narrow streets, various vehicle prohibitions and complicated road signs is best seen by putting foot to road and taking a tranquil stroll around. In the night hours, it's one of the best places to relax and socialise! There are many pubs, bars and restaurants and the habit is to crab a glass (plastic) of beer and standing out of the bar chatting with other people.
Just one street away from Campo de' Fiori, lies Piazza Farnese. Piazza Farnese owes its name from the imposing Palazzo Farnese. Alessandro Farnese, the future pope Paul III ordered this palace and it was built from 1514 until 1589. It took so long in fact, that the original architect, Sangallo the Younger, died and the project passed to Michelangelo. When it was being built, it was Rome's most expensive piece of real estate. The Cardinal de Richelieu and Queen of Sweden Christina (who lived in Rome after she abdicated) were guests of the house, amongst others. But the Farnese family didn't keep it for long. They couldn't afford to maintain it and in 1635, it became the French Embassy to the Papal States and the property of Louis the 14th and his heirs. After the French Revolution, Napoleon and Joachim Murat seized it and since 1874 (soon after the birth of Italy as a unified country), it became the French Embassy to Italy. It's also the site of the French School of Archeology and History.
And in case you didn't notice the "French Touch", this is where you will find a newspaper stands with the widest selection of French newspapers and magazines in town!
The other main features of the Piazza are the "tubs", two imposing granite fountains in the shape of a tub. They were imported from Egypt during Roman time and removed from the Carcalla Bath to here. Seems inviting to take a soak during those hot Roman summer days but... please don't, you may risk a huge fine. ;o)
For an optimal view, take via dei Farmesi from Campo de' Fiori has the Palazzo looms larger and larger and then, the fountains comes into view.
Ingredients are the starting point of any good meal. If you enjoy or have enjoyed food in Italy and don’t understand why that excuse for an Italian restaurant in your hometown can’t come close to your expectations. Ingredients is the starting point of any food investigation, even before technique or love. And this is one very convenient place to start looking for good ingredients. Buy a few things for a picnic cheese bread and a good tomato. If you don’t understand how exciting good produce can be..... there is a Mc what’sit just up the road.
The fresh porcini I purchased from this market went into the best risotto I have ever made.
It is very nice place for nice walk especially if you go there through the street Via Giulia.
There is the monument of Giordano Bruno in the centre of the place. There are still the stalls there.
They say it is the best moment to see it in the morning although we did two nice walks around in the evenings and it was very nice and romantic.
Campo Dei Fiori is Rome at its finest. I stayed in a hotel in Campo dei Fiori so I got to know the area well. There are cafes (for morning cafe, paninis for lunch), delicious restaurants (some inexpensive ones too, but all good), gelati shops, shopping (great clothes!), supermarkets (tons of cheese), and coolest of all (a market in the middle of the piazza: with all kinds of stuff: fruits, veggies, clothes, knick knacks, souvenirs and you can bargain with them - no where else have I discovered this). It's a great little Roman hub where you can taste Roman life, culture, people, and of course great food (can you tell I loved the food?).
Everyday Campo dei Fiori is filled with vendors of fruits, vegetables, fish, clothing, and assorted other goods. This colorful market place is open from 7 am til 1:30 pm and is a site to behold. The Campo is surrounded by bars and cafes where you can take a break and enjoy a capucino or cafe. People watching is high art in piazzas like this.
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