Campo de' Fiori

Rome's Campo dei Fiori is an outdoor market by morning, party central by night

The morning market on Campo dei FioriThe morning market on Campo dei Fiori (Photo by Myrabella)
All morning long, the piazza hosts—as it has for ages—a market of fresh flowers and produce.

By noon, all that's left are scraps washed into the gutters by the public drinking fountains and the traditionalist trattorie that ring it open for business.

All afternoon, the square is populated by tourists, snapping photographs of this postcard piazza ringed by a cobble of mismatched medeival buildings around a dour statue of a monk.

In the evening, the campo becomes an epicenter of central Rome's nightlife, with local youth and international students spilling out of the dozen pubs, bars, and birrerie that have sprung up over the past decade (the one marked simply "Vineria" is the only authentic, old-school wine bar in the mix) and turning the entire piazza into one giant nightly party.

The statue of Giordano Bruno on Campo dei Fiori
The statue of Giordano Bruno.

In the Middle Ages, this campo dei fiori ("meadow of flowers") was where the most important executions took place.

That dour dude in a hood frowning down from the central pedestal was one of the victims, a monastic philosopher named Giordano Bruno.

His enlightened ideas didn't sit well with the Church, so they had him executed as a heretic on this spot in 1600—just all part of that year's papal Jubilee celebrations!

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How long does Campo de' Fiori take?

Planning your day: Well, it is a square. You might just pass thorugh. You might spend 10–15 minutes wandering the stalls, admiring the statue of Giordano Bruno, and snapping some photographs.

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Noisy at night

Though central and colorful, keep in mind that the carousing makes it noisy late into the night, so think twice before booking a hotel just off the piazza.

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