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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.

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piazza di campo di fiori at dusk

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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(This street map connects with the Trastevere, Aventino, Navona and Pantheon street maps.
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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.

piazza campo de fiori market

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!
There is a market here every morning and you can purchase anything from flowers and spices to football jerseys and jeans. However most tourists venture here to absorb the culture and witness the Romans being very Roman!

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.
(Note: Argentina is an important landmark to remember as it's the meeting point for buses, electric buses and the no 8 tram. It also sits between the Pantheon and Campo de Fiori, and the Via del Plebiscito/Vittorio Emanuele runs straight from Piazza Venezia to the Vatican.)

Area Sacra di Torre Argentina
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Argentina is also a main Bus Stop

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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 building is particularly impressive at night when the French leave the curtains of the main hall open and the interior lighting shows off the beautifully decorated ceilings.

marcellus theatre

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.
The predominant symbol of the Jewish Ghetto is the Synagogue which sits on the banks of the Tiber River overlooking the Tiber island and Trastevere.

View over Rome from Aventine hill, the Jewish Synagogue is in the foreground
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A couple of paces from the Jewish synagogue and Marcellus Theater is the Piazza della Bocca della Verità (the mouth of truth square).
The legendary Bocca della Verità (mouth of truth) is found in the Portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Medieval legend has it that the mouth would close shut over the hand of the person who told a lie.

The Fontana dei Tritoni flanked by the Santa Maria in Cosmedin
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bocca della verita hercules temple

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.

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Getting to and from the Campo de Fiori area.

(Refer to the street map of the Campo de Fiori area above.)

Rome Tram:

  • The No 8 tram runs from Largo di Torre Argentina down Via Arenula over Ponte Garibaldi (upstream from Tiber Island) and through Trastevere.

Rome buses: The main bus stop is at Largo di Torre Argentina (Via di Torre Argentina, close to Piazza di Campo de Fiori).

  • The 116 and 119 are the two pocket size electric buses that zigzag through the streets of Campo de Fiori and Navona.
    The 116 rotates between the Vatican and Villa Borghese gardens, passing by Piazza Barberini, Trevi Fountain, Roman Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
    The 119 rotates between Largo di Argentina and Piazza del Popolo, passing by Piazza Venezia and Augustus Mausoleum along the way.
  • There are numerous bus stops on Via del Plebiscito/Vittorio Emanuele. The no 40 runs straight to the Vatican and the no 87 runs through Piazza Venezia along Fori Imperiali (Roman Forum) to the ancient Roman Colosseum.

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.
The Piazza di Campo de Fiori is a constant cycle of activity. The morning market gives way to street performers, and as dusk sets in the restaurants, cafes and pubs that line the perimeter begin to pulsate with activity and customers. The restaurants have an array of Roman cuisine to satisfy a wide demand of taste buds.

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.

For more advice about eating out in Rome visit my Rome restaurants page and also the Rome restaurant guide page for advice and tips from visitors to this site.


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