Campo di Fiori is one of Rome’s most famous piazzas and the gathering point for locals and tourists alike. It was one of the first places we visited during our time in Rome, and it sure didn’t disappoint.
Campo di Fiori, or the Field of Flowers, was an open meadow during ancient times, and later, Christian pilgrims visited the Campo on their way to the Vatican.
In the early morning, the local stall holders set up for the day, and the entire piazza becomes a bustling open air market. They come to sell fresh fruit and vegetables, beautiful flowers, pasta. oils, spices, kitchen utensils and a few souvenirs, just to mix it up a bit. Later in the day, the wide variety of cafes and bars attract a throng of tourists, who come to enjoy this pretty and romantic piazza.
At one end, there’s an excellent Forno, or bakery, which sells excellent pizza – hot and straight from the oven, as well as delicious biscotti (we tried both!). There’s also a salumeria, or delicatessen, selling cheeses, meats and wine. Campo di Fiori is an interesting place to sit with a drink and watch the people, any time of day.
As for the market stalls themselves, although we were very tempted to buy some of the beautiful flowers, we were only in Rome for a few days, and without a vase as well! We also considered buying some vegetables, but settled on a couple of yummy fruit cups and some berries instead. Everything was just SO fresh!! Bellissimo!
Have you been to Rome? Did you visit Campo di Fiori? What did you buy at the market?
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