"The Campo dei Fiori in the Parione district is one of the jewels of Rome. In the morning it's a bustling marketplace, that transforms into a nightlife centre in the evening – all amid a beautiful setting steeped with history. It has always been the piazza for races, palios, and executions.
It is located where the Temple of Venus Victrix stood in ancient Rome, attached to the Theatre of Pompey.
The name of the piazza seems to have come from Flora, Pompey's beloved, for he had already built a theatre in the area. It could also have come from the fact that by 1400 the piazza was deserted and had become overgrown with wildflower meadows and vegetable gardens.
In the mid-1400s, Pope Callistus III reorganized the whole district and paved the entire area. It was during this renovation work that many elegant palazzos were built: the Palazzo Orsini, for example, is located right on the Campo dei Fiori. It was the Orisinis who gave the little piazza alongside Campo dei Fiorithe name Piazza del Biscione (large snake), because their family crest included an eel.
Once the piazza was restored, it became a mandatory place for prominent figures such as ambassadors and cardinals to socialize. All this helped the Campo dei Fiori area become the centre of a thriving horse market held every Monday and Saturday. As could be expected, hotels, inns, and artisan workshops sprung up in the area, making it one of the most vibrant parts of the city and a lively cultural and commercial centre.
But Piazza Campo dei Fiori was infamous as well, being the place where executions were carried out. A statue in the centre of the piazza commemorates this fact to passers-by: Giordano Bruno – a philosopher and Dominican monk accused of heresy – was burned alive here on February 17, 1600."
A celebrated and picturesque market by day, Camp dè Fiori quickly turns into a hub for nightlifers in the evening. The piazza, in the morning heaving with people bustling among the fruit and vegetable stands, at night sees its restaurants and bars open for business. For centuries Camp dè Fiori was the stage for public executions. Here in 1600 the Dominican Friar, Philosopher, Mathematician and Astronomer Bruno Giordano was burnt alive. A domineering statue stands in the middle the piazza marking the exact spot of his death. An absolute must is a visit to the nearby historical streets, such as Via dei Baullari, Via dei Cappellari or Via dei Giubbonari, which are lined with an assortment of small shops still bearing the name of craftsmen who once worked there.
Like the Piazza Navona, it's a large public square. It has a beautiful fountain and is surrounded by restaurants. It's a popular spot for tourists and locals in the evenings, so if people-watching while chilling out on a terrace is your thing, this is a great place for it.
I'd describe the area around Piazza Campo di Fiori as one of Rome's most charming neighborhoods. Its lovely cobbled streets and Medieval architecture give it a very distinctive character. Here, the Middle Ages are mixed with Ancient Roman ruins (east of the piazza, see my next tips) and Renaissance palazzi along Via Giulia and Via Monserrato. It results in several picturesque scenes, and photographers who are more talented than I will surely make some beautiful shots! I wish I could be more specific as to the different sites we got to see, but for the most part, we just happened to stumble upon them as we rambled through the small streets and alleys of the district known as Sant'Angelo. The one place I remember for sure is Piazza Mattei, where the Fontana delle Tartarughe (Turtle Fountain) can be found. The Mattei family owned the palazzo next to the little piazza and had the fountain built to decorate the square which they more or less owned (it wasn't private, but they did pay for its upkeep). Although the fountain was built in the late 16th century, the cute little turtles from which the fountain derives its name were only added during restoration work that occurred in the second part of the 17th century. So consider this tip as an invitation to lose yourself in the streets of this fascinating neighborhood!
The market on Piazza Campo de' Fiori dates back to Medieval times. For this reason, it was - and remains - one the city's liveliest spots. Ironically, the piazza was also used for public executions. The hooded statue of Giordano Bruno, a friar and astronomer burned at the stake for heresy in 1600 (he claimed the universe was infinite and not centered around the earth, something the pope used to frown upon), stands on the spot where he was burned to death. Despite this rather grim reminder of past times, I really enjoyed the atmosphere around the market. I spent quite a bit of time browsing through the different stalls filled with local products, arts and crafts, and we ended up eating in the area three times: once we stopped at one of the numerous restaurants located around the piazza and enjoyed one of our best dinners in Rome, once we had lunch at a lovely osteria located just off it, and once we grabbed a freshly made sandwich at the market's delicatessen for lunch. There's a reason we kept coming back to the area, it turned out to be one of my favourite neighborhoods in the city!
This little Medieval courtyard of higglety-pigglety flats, cafes and inns was once a flower-sprigged meadow; the possible source of its name. Paved in the 1400’s, it became a lively meeting place and business center for tradesmen who had shops on adjoining streets, and aristocrats who occupied palaces and expensive homes along Via Giulia and other prestigious avenues nearby. An etching of the square done in 1752 illustrates the horse markets once held twice a week, and a public gallows used to punish minor criminals by dangling them high above the ground with a rope and pulley. Major offenders met a far worse fate here: see the large hooded figure watching pensively from his perch in the center? That’s philosopher Giordano Bruno - who was condemned by the church for heresy in 1600 and burnt near the spot where his memorial stands.
I wouldn't look too happy either.
Fortunately the only roasting going on here today is of pork or chicken served up by canopy-shaded trattorias, and a bustling fish and produce market carries on a six-day-a-week tradition that reaches back to 1858. A putter through to admire the bouquets, colorful fruits and vegetables, spices and other goodies for the table is a must, and I highly recommend grabbing a piazza-side table for a cappuccino and some people watching.
In my opinion to stay in the Campo Di Fiori
anywhere is heaven, I cooked and shopped everyday fresh market and produce was amazing, what a joy to be in the thick of it all. I loved the vibrancy of the area and the close proximity to all I know and love. Very accessible and easy to get everywhere from here. Such an amazing experience to be in the middle of the hub like this and THEN there's the rooftops at sunset with with bells. How I adore the roof tops at sunset looking out over the cathedrals...grazie mille.
This is a good place to people watch and see the locals go about their business - buying produce from the busy market. There are many bars/restaurants surrounding the area - an excellent spot for a leisurely lunch whilst you watch the world go by. The smells, the colours and the general hustle and bustle of the place is to me part of the appeal of a city break - not just ticking boxes of all the major sites you have seen, but also an opportunity to take in the atmosphere of a place.
This is a great place to sit down and have a beer to watch the passing parade of people. Be careful buying from the market - buy 4 things and it is automatically 16 euro. The pasta is no different - 7 euro for half the amount in a supermarket. They are trying to take tourists for a ride. The exception is the bakery - Awesome baked goods for low prices. In summary, go here for the bakery and atmosphere. Avoid buying from the market as they rip you off.
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!!
The Campo Di Fiori is an exciting and historic spot in Rome. It has a very good open air market during the morning hours. In the evening it changes to an exciting spot with nice restaurants and night life.
It is a great place to pick up items for a picnic. Or get some flowers for your room. It really adds a touch of class to any hotel room. if you are staying in a family run place the owners find some flowers a welcome gift.
In any case try not to miss this nice spot.
At the heart of Campo de' Fiori is a small square which is also an open-air market, Rome's most picturesque market and its most historical, according to my Eyewitness Travel Guide. This place has been a market for many centuries. Every morning, except on Sundays, can be found an array of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, cheese and cured meat, and whatnot (clothes, kitchen utensils), and dried fruits and beans.
It was a Saturday when we went, and the place was humming busy. Not as big, as varied, and as busy as I expected for a Saturday, still there was a lively crowd, a lot were tourists. The vegetable stalls were the most interesting. There were bushels of fresh greens which one can pick from and combine together for a salad mix -- a make-your- own mix. The stall selling decorative squash was also interesting, the shapes, colours, and textures of the squash were on their own pieces of art. I was intrigued by the different types of tomatoes and small aubergines. I was expecting more kinds of fresh mushrooms being sold at this time of the year, but only saw two types. There were a few stalls selling sauces for pasta, and different kinds of paté -- the latter could be sampled. These same stalls sold dried tomatoes, capers, and pasta as well. I was looking for stalls selling meat and cheeses, but found only one but selling only a few varieties. In the end, I opted for about 200 grams of capers, which cost me about 5 euros.
Overall, I was happy to have visited this market, as it is widely known but I was left quite underwhelmed. Somehow, it seemed touristy and a little artificial, hearing all these young men shouting their wares in english -- i probably would have to go to a small town or village market in a far-off region to have a feel of what is still very traditionally Italian.
The market is easy to find. The best way is to get off at Largo Argentina, where most public transport which goes in this area make a stop. This is the corner where the Area Sacra dell' Argentina is, a small complex of ruins right along the main street. From there it is less than 10 minutes' walk to the market. Just follow the Via Arenula, and on the 3rd corner, at Via Del Guibbonari, turn right and go straight on. That is a small shoppping street which ends right on the market.