Rome Attractions Campo de' Fiori

Posted 12.06.15 by Leigh

Address: Campo de' Fiori, 00186 Rome, Italy.

Campo de' Fiori (Field of Flowers) is one of Rome's most famous piazzas or squares and lies in the centre of the historic centre. This rectangular square lies south of another of the city's famous squares, namely Piazza Navona. Its name originates from the Middle Ages when it was still a meadow. The area was paved in 1456 under Pope Callixtus III and prosperity came to the square when it became a part of the Via Papale (Pope's Road), the street that links the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Vatican. This new prosperity brought businesses to the square, such as inns, hotels and shops. Campo de' Fiori was also used for public executions, one of the most famous being the philosopher Giordano Bruno, who was burnt alive for heresy in 1600. Nowadays, the square not only still has a wide selection of bars, restaurants, cafés, etc, making it an attraction at night for tourists and locals alike, but it also has one of Rome's largest markets, where you can buy fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and so forth.

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