Campo de Fiori Rome: Hotels, Attractions, Map
The Campo de Fiori area, along with Navona and Trastevere, is one of my three favorite areas in Historical Rome. Here your experience will be of authentic Rome. Large portions of the area are closed to traffic and walking through the cobbled alleyways is exciting and rewarding. I hope you enjoy these helpful articles...
There is a vast array of art, artisan and antiquity shops displaying everything from old Roman stamp collections and knights armour to porcelain figurines, wine and vintage clothing. The locals are friendly and there is a vibrant day and nightlife with a wide variety of restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars.
The Campo de Fiori area is very central and most of Rome's biggest tourist attractions are only a stroll away. The upstream part of Campo de Fiori (closer to the Vatican) is where you will find more accommodation options, and the downstream side (towards Circus Maximus) is where you will find most of the ancient Roman attractions.
The closest Metro stop is "Colosseo" at the Colosseum and is about 1,5 km (1 mile) from Piazza di Campo de Fiori, but then again most of Rome's biggest tourist attractions are within 1 mile of Campo de Fiori anyway.
Map of the Campo de fiori Area
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What to see in the Campo de fiori area?
Continuing from its Renaissance and Medieval reputation as being one of Rome's liveliest areas, the Piazza di Campo de Fiori ('square of the field of flowers') is still the heart of Campo de Fiori, and many residents from the surrounding areas also flock here for the social activities.
The square was originally an open field of flowers hence the name Campo de Fiori or field of flowers. It's also the only square in Rome without a church!
In the center of the square is a statue of philosopher Giordano Bruno who was burnt here in 1600 for heresy, a not so pleasant reminder of the square's dual purpose as a market and site for public executions.
Where the number 8 tram route meets with Via del Plebiscito/Vittorio Emanuele you find the Area Sacra di Torre Argentina. In the 1920s an excavation found several temples here, hence the name "area sacra" - sacred area. It was here that the senate would meet and where Julius Caesar was murdered on the Ides of March, 15th March 44 BC.
Area Sacra di Torre Argentina
Argentina is also a main Bus Stop
Just off Piazza di Campo de Fiori you will find Piazza Farnese and the Palazzo Farnese, home of the French embassy. Built for Pope Paul III (Alessandro Farnese) several great artists have worked on the palace, including Michelangelo.
The Marcellus theatre was built by Emperor Augustus and dedicated to his nephew who died in 23 BC aged 19 years. Its outer walls have since been used as the perimeter of a fortress, a palace for the Orsini family in the 16th Century, and workshops for artisans. The three columns which stand near the theatre are the remains of the Temple of Apollo.
The Marcellus amphitheater sits on the border of the Jewish Ghetto. The Jewish community in Rome was founded on trading and their financial and medical skills were an integral part of Roman life. Their persecution began in the mid 16th Century when the Catholic church forced then to live in a walled enclosure with a nighttime curfew. This punishment only ceased in 1848.
View over Rome from Aventine hill, the Jewish Synagogue is in the foreground
A couple of paces from the Jewish synagogue and Marcellus Theater is the Piazza della Bocca della Verità (the mouth of truth square).
The Fontana dei Tritoni flanked by the Santa Maria in Cosmedin
In the center of the Piazza you can find the Fontana dei Tritoni, the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Portunus. The fountain, temples, Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Marcellus theater and Arch of Janus all form part of the ancient Roman Forum Boarium. The Forum Boarium in Roman time was a busy cattle market and part of the old Roman port on the Tiber.Return to the top
Getting to and from the Campo de Fiori area.
(Refer to the street map of the Campo de Fiori area above.)
Rome buses: The main bus stop is at Largo di Torre Argentina (Via di Torre Argentina, close to Piazza di Campo de Fiori).
For more about the buses in Rome see my dedicated page Rome buses and Rome public transport.
Rome taxi: There is a taxi rank at Largo di Torre Argentina. (See our Campo de Fiori map above and look for the big "T".)
Rome tourist buses: The closest tourist bus stop is at 139 Viale Vittorio Emanuele, directly between Piazza Navona and Piazza di Campo de Fiori. There are also stops at Marcellus Theater (Teatro di Marcello) and Piazza Venezia.The Rome tour buses are a great introduction to the city and the easiest way to find your bearings and choose your must-dos for your next lap around.
Note: If you haven't already heard about it on my site then the ATAC public transportation in Rome site has a great tool for calculating the quickest route from point A to point B anywhere in Rome (using Rome public transport). When you arrive at the web site click on the English language option to the right. Fill in your departure address and arrival address.For more information visit public transportation in Rome Italy and its related pages:
Piazza di Campo dè Fiori at night time
Even in Winter the main squares are full of customers dining outside.
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Restaurants and nightlife in the Campo de fiori area.
The area is full of restaurants, clubs, arty cafes and bars, and wandering down the alleys you're sure to stumble upon some medieval theme pub or "boutique" wine bar.
On Sunday afternoons, after the market has finished, you will find street performers and musicians (some traveling from other European countries) waiting their turn to perform in front of the crowds in the Piazza.
If for some reason you get bored with the choices in Campo de Fiori then the busy nightlife of Piazza Navona is 5 minutes away across the Via del Plebiscito/Vittorio Emanuele. Alternatively you can take a short beautiful stroll across the Tiber River to the Trastevere area.
Finished with the Campo de Fiori area? Click on an area of the map below to visit another area.
Central Rome Italy Map: Click on an area to go to its dedicated page.
Central Rome areas dedicated pages:
• Aventine hill
• Piazza del Popolo
• Piazza Navona
• San Giovanni in Laterano
• Spanish Steps/Spagna
• Trevi Fountain/Fontana
• Via Veneto
Fontana delle Tartarughe, Piazza Matei, Campo de Fiori
Fontana dei Tritoni
Piazza della Bocca