Campo de' Fiori

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by italylover on June 28, 2005

The most noticeable feature of Campo de' Fiori is the large, relatively creepy statue of a hooded man in the center of the square. The man is Giordano Bruno, a philosopher who was burnt at the stake in the square by the Inquisition. People still leave flowers and offerings around the base, and when the Catholic Church issues an even remotely controversial statement, the number of flowers left for Giordano seems to increase (but that could have been my imagination).

During the day, Campo de' Fiori is an open-air market where you can buy food, flowers, and a variety of crafts (the jewelry can be especially nice). Caf├ęs circle the square, and you can usually hear at least one set of street musicians.

If you go to one of the restaurants for dinner, however, you can see the piazza evolve from its daytime market function to the nighttime bar scene. Most of the bars have a steady clientele of American college students, with a healthy dose of Italians who go there expressly to meet American college students.

If you're not into the actual partying, however, there are also some gelaterias and coffee shops where you can instead sit and watch the craziness. And don't let the drunk college kids keep you away - to really appreciate just how spooky Giordano can be, you should see him at night.

Campo de' Fiori
Piazza Campo de' Fiori
Rome, Italy, 00186

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