The Campo de’ Fiori is one of the main squares of the Eternal city. It is famous because of its flower, fruit, and vegetable market during the daytime and its restaurants and shisha bars at night.
The Piazza Campo dei Fiori got its name in 1456 under Pope Callistus III because previously, it was a field of flowers. Then, Pope reorganized the whole district and paved it. Many luxury palaces were built during his works, for instance, Palazzo Orsini. After the restoration, the piazza became a famous meeting for prominent figures such as ambassadors and cardinals.
Consequently, the market of horses appeared twice a week on the square
Eventually, many hotels, BnBs, and artisan workshops filled the area and made it one of the most famous parts of the Eternal City.
Public executions took place in Campo dei Fiori. As a sign of commemoration, today there is the statue of Giordano Bruno in the centre of the square
The Italian philosopher and Dominican monk were burned because they claimed that the Earth spins around the sun, and not vice versa, as people believed before. Bruno was accused of heresy and burned alive in Campo dei Fiori on February 17, 1600. The monument was built in his honor in 1889.
Moreover, an Italian comedy movie , “Campo dei Fiori” (The Peddler and the Lady), was filmed in 1943, directed by Mario Bonnard. Much of the film is set on the Campo dei Fiori, and the plot tells the love story of a greengrocer and a fishmonger, who works nearby, but the greengrocer loves another woman.
Today you can find a daily market on the square and enjoy the freshest fruits and vegetables. Moreover, there are many different flowers that you can buy along the piazza.
At sunset, Campo dei Fiori transforms into a legendary nightlife haunt. Many locals and tourists come there for a pre-party, to visit one of the local restaurants, or enjoy hookah in one of the shisha places. The piazza and streets nearby are full of young people during the evening time—moreover, many famous gelaterias are located nearby the Campo dei Fiori.
Many restaurants are located on Campo de’ Fiori, which open during the evening when the market closes. They offer a great variety of local dishes and a warm international ambiance.
Maranega is located right on Campo de Fiori square and offers various traditional Italian dishes and different cocktails. And is popular among visitors who like to smoke hookah (shisha). There are many guests every evening, and the ambiance is amicable.
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Magnolia is also a trendy restaurant, which is full of guests every evening. On their menu, you will find a variety of cocktails, shisha flavors, and typical local dishes. Moreover, the service is excellent. Since Campo de’ Fiori is one of the most famous Roman squares, prices in restaurants are higher than in the Trastevere area, located nearby.
Romanesca offers local Roman plates. However, it is crowded after 9 pm with tourists and locals, so a reservation is advised. Moreover, the prices are low, and the food quality is excellent.
Author: Kate Zusmann
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