Rome is probably at its most Roman on the »field of flowers« with its colourful market. Every morning, deep green spinach is piled next to dark red tomatoes that taste just as fabulous as they look. Fishmongers offer huge tuna fish, lobsters and mussels; other stands sell fresh chickens and turkeys of imposing size.
In the early afternoon, the square gets a thorough cleaning and is then once more the domain of the flower sellers and strolling visitors. Even if you do not want to buy a colourful bouquet on the Campo de’ Fiori, it is well worthwhile sitting in one of the street cafes just to enjoy the atmosphere: the warm Mediterranean colours of the old palazzi with charming roof gardens, the light, and the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables from the countryside around Rome.
Campo de’ Fiori: Monument to Giordano Bruno
The monument to Giordano Bruno (work of Ettore Ferrari – 1887). in the middle of the piazza is a reminder that it was once a place of execution. The Dominican monk Bruno was found guilty of heresy by the inquisition, but was not willing to rescind his teachings and was therefore burned alive on 17 February 1600. The medallions below his bronze statue bear the names of other men regarded as heretics by the Catholic church. 400 years after Bruno’s death, the church acknowledged its error.
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Walking from Colosseum:
Campo de’ Fiori set in the center of Rome, 2,1 km from (26 min walk) from Colosseum. Bus: 46, 62, 64.