Piazza Campo dei Fiori : Michelin's recommendations
This square's name stems from the field of flowers that once stood there. In the Middle Ages, it was the main popular meeting place of the city. There were numerous, sometimes disreputable, inns (you can still see the Hostaria della Vacca sign, mixing the Borgias' coat of arms with the landlady's, who was Pope Alexander VI's mistress and Caesar and Lucretia Borgia's mother)... Today, things have hardly changed (apart from the inns, which are certainly reputable nowadays!). In the morning, big market stalls, decorated with plaited garlic and pepperoni, take over the square and stallholders hail the customers... At sunset, it is young people's turn to meet there and fill the square, before or after going to bars, "birrerias " (Italian pubs), enotecas and pizzerias, on the square or in adjoining streets, or enjoying an avant-garde film show. At the centre of the piazza, the hooded monk Giordano Bruno, solemnly gazes upon this secular hustle and bustle. lt is true that he was burned at the stake here in 1600; a misfortune that perhaps does not incite to be lenient. You must take time to appreciate this square, with its ochre-coloured houses, topped with terraces that are often turned into hanging gardens, with ancient remains embedded here and there in their facades or detectable in building layouts, like the edifice in Via del Biscione which sports the rounded shape of the Pompey Theatre. Here, Rome is popular and intimate.
- Address : Piazza Campo dei Fiori I - 00186 Roma00186Roma
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