In the heart of old Rome, not far from Piazza Navona, there is the Market of Campo dei Fiori, the most picturesque and folkloristic market of the city.

THE HISTORY OF CAMPO DEI FIORI

Before the fifteenth century the square didn't exist and in its place, there was a flower meadow, thus the name. Legend tells that the name of the square comes from latin Campous Florae, that is the Field of Flora, a woman loved by general Pompey, who had built his theatre close to the market.

Around mid fifteenth century Pope Callixtus III had the whole district arranged and took care of having the whole area paved. During this renewal, many noble buildings were built, like palazzo Orsini, looking out onto the market. Over time the square became more every time a place of passage and an important commercial and cultural focus for the city. In the surroundings there are many hotels, inns and artisan workshops.

In 1858 the square reach its current extension after the houses in the north side between via dei Baullari and via del Gallo were demolished and the fountain previously located in the center of the square was moved.

Fruit and vegetable stalls in the Market of Campo dei Fiori

Fruit and vegetable stalls in the Market of Campo dei Fiori

THE MARKET OF CAMPO DEI FIORI

Campo dei Fiori is probably the oldest market of Rome. Since 1869, every morning, except on Sunday, the square is heaving with colourful stalls selling fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and fresh fish.

Other stalls display legumes, rice, dried fruit, walnuts and species, while close to the fountain there are florist stands. Among the specialities of the house, the unmissable  Roman artichokes, and other vegetables like broccoli and spinach. In some stalls you will find already cut vegetables and ready to prepare a fine minestrone soup or very fresh mixed salad. The maket of Campo dei Fiori is a true feast for eyes and palate!

To end with, in the surroundings you will also find food shops, bakeries and much more! Campo dei Fiori is really the right place to buy Roman specialities or to get some food provisions to do a nice picnic outdoors: in summer, if the weather is nice, you will be able to eat your snack in the meadow of one of the many parks in the city.

A basket full of Roman artichokes

A basket full of Roman artichokes

THE EXECUTION OF GIORDANO BRUNO

Unfortunately, Campo dei Fiori is also known for being a place for punishments and executions. The big statue in the center of the square, work by sculptor Ettore Ferrari (1889) reminds us that in 17 February 1600 philosopher and friar Giordano Bruno was burnt alive here, accused of heresy by the Church for his revolutionary theories about the universe.

The philisopher is represented with his face pointing to the Vatican City, in an admonishment gesture aimed to the Church. It might be a coincidence but Campo dei Fiori is the only historic square in Rome without a church.

The statue of Giordano Bruno in Campo dei Fiori

The statue of Giordano Bruno in Campo dei Fiori

While during the day Campo dei Fiori shows his most traditional side, in the evening, the square becomes a meeting point for nightlife and young movida. Heterogeneous, noisy and cosmopolitan, Campo dei Fiori by night welcomes tourists, young people and students who meet here, specially on the weekends, to have a drink in company in one of the many cocktail bar and pubs. The area is in addition heaving with restaurants, outdoor caffès, cinemas and theaters.

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Market of Campo de' Fiori

HOW TO GET THERE

From the Port of Civitavecchia: Get to Civitavecchia Train Station and get on the first regional train bound for Rome. After about 45 minutes, get off directly at Roma San Pietro Station. From Piazza della Stazione di San Pietro take the 64 bus and get off 8 stops after at C.SO VITTORIO EMANUELE/NAVONA. Cross Piazza della Cancelleria and after only 250 meters you'll be there.

From Rome: Campo dei Fiori is located in right in the historic center and there aren't subways stations immediately nearby but you can easily get to the square by bus or by foot. The nearest metro stops are: Piazza di Spagna (Metro A), Colosseo (metro B) and Termini (A and B).

From Piazza di Spagna go by foot to Via della mercede and take line 116 (TERMINAL GIANICOLO) for 7 stops. Get off at the stop Baullari and continue by foot for 100 meters until getting to the square.

From Colosseo take line 87 (GIULIO CESARE/LEPANTO) for 6 stops or 186 (PIAZZALE DELLA FARNESINA) and get off at the stop in Corso del Rinascimento. From there, go along Largo dei Chiavari, then Via del Biscione and after 350 meters you'll be there.

From Termini take the 64 and get off at C.SO VITTORIO EMANUELE/NAVONA. Cross Piazza della Cancelleria and after only 250 meters you'll be there.

TIMETABLES

Everyday from 6 am to 2 pm (except Sunday).

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