snapshots of my travels
Rome’s Campo de' Fiori might be one of the more touristy spots in the city, but it is still worth a visit. It’s the perfect way to soak up the essence of the city. There is often a reason that certain places are magnets for tourists - they are actually really beautiful places! The Campo de' Fiori is no exception - it is truly the most beautiful market in Rome.
The Campo de' Fiori open air market is held every day, from the morning until the early hours of the afternoon. The name in Italian literally translates to “Field of Flowers,” because, during the middle ages, the square was actually a meadow. After that, it was turned into a place where public executions were held... but I’d prefer to remember it by the flowers. Don’t we all?
Since 1869, the Campo de' Fiori has been used as a market, selling everything from fruits, veggies, and fish to espresso cups, exotic spices, and bouquets of roses. You'll find a variety of personalities around the vendors. One time, I ended up buying a spiralizer from a man just because he gave this entertaining little show of all the many ways to shape carrots - the chips, noodle shapes, "hair," etc.
While this market is a wonderful place to people watch, it is not a farmer's market. I do not recommend buying all your produce for an Italian feast here. It's much more pricey than supermarkets nearby. Still, it can't hurt to pick up some fresh Italian basil or olive oil while you're here.
Being the center for commerce, the four streets which lead into the square were named after specific trades. Via dei Cappellari (shown below) was named for the hat makers, while the other three streets are named after coffee makers, key makers, and tailors.
Via dei Giubbonari (pictured below), is named after the tailors, and actually, to this day, has many small clothing shops. It’s a lovely place to window shop.
I got this retro-vintage dress from a vintage-retro clothing store along Portobello Road in London for around 30 pounds. The cat eye sunglasses are from Francesca's, $14.
In the afternoon, the market is taken down and the square is cleaned up by trash men in orange suits. As night falls, the Campo de Fiori seamlessly transforms into a social hub for tourists and locals alike. My favorite place here is called "Magnolia." While I cannot vouch for the quality of the food, Magnolia has some of the best drinks. In fact, they may be one of the only bars that serves frozen drinks like daquiris. They also have shisha, if that's your style.
Unfortunately, though, being a social hub for drunk people tends to lead itself to no good after midnight - so if you do end up having a drink in a nearby cafe, use caution. Don’t get too drunk and don’t leave your valuables in your back pocket!
Campo de’ Fiori Market
Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, Roma
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8am – 1:30pm