One of the best ways to plan a trip to Rome is to stick to a neighborhood or two a day. We’ve already covered Trastevere on our Hidden Gems Guide to Rome – Trastevere and Monti in our Hidden Gems Guide to Rome – Monti – – now it’s time to focus in on a neighborhood that’s home to Rome’s most famous outdoor market – welcome to Campo de’ Fiori!
Campo Neighborhood Rome
Now, Campo de’ Fiori is not actually a neighborhood, but a piazza, although many locals refer to the area as simply “Campo”. The name literally means field of flowers, and during the day, you’ll now find Rome’s most famous market engulf the piazza. At night, the area turns into a hot spot for locals to enjoy aperitivo and cocktails. So, what else does the “Campo” area have to offer? Here is your insiders guide to finding the Hidden Gems of Campo de’ Fiori.
Where is Campo de’ Fiori?
Campo is slap bang in the center of Rome’s hustle and bustle. It’s within walking distance to Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Via del Corso, Trastevere and the Colosseum. So, it’s fair to say that it’s a pretty awesome neighborhood to find yourself in if you want to experience Rome on a rush!
The adjacent map highlights “Campo” in red. East of the neighborhood you can see the “Colosse e Foro Romano” Colosseum & Roman Forum, which is only a 5-10 minute walk away. Looking North-West you can see St Peter’s Square and the Vatican – just a 15 minute walk away or two stops on the ’23’ bus to Clodio if you’re going towards the Vatican. North and North-East you can also see Piazza Navona (3 minute walk), Pantheon (5 minute walk), Trevi Fountain (10 minute walk) and Spanish Steps (15 minute walk). If you’re not a fan of getting around by foot, you can see our ‘Roma How To: Using the Roman Bus System’ video to help you learn how to use local transport in Rome.
What to Do in Campo de’ Fiori
Campo is a colorful area, with lots of different things to do and see. You name it, Campo most probably has it: an outdoor market; shops; restaurants; bars; cafes; museums: churches; monuments. Selecting our favorite hidden gems of Campo de’ Fiori, we’ve compiled the following neighborhood bucket list for you to wander and eat your way through.
Campo de’ Fiori Market
The main attraction of this area for tourists is the outdoor market. You can find almost anything here, from fresh fruit and vegetables, to meats and cheeses, to clothes and kitchenware! It’s a great place to buy some souvenirs, but it’s fame over recent years has seen the prices rise. Now, that doesn’t mean the produce is not worth buying, it is great quality (especially the porchetta panino), but I wouldn’t rely on this particular market for a weekly shop – especially if your’e trying to stick to a budget.
The market is open in the mornings through to early afternoon (08:00-14:00), but the best time to come is at about 8am, just as they are opening up the stall. The freshest produce and fewer crowds are guaranteed.
Address: Piazza Campo de’ Fiori | Hours: 08:00-14:00 Mon-Sat.
In the middle of the piazza, you’ll see a statue of a man wearing a long dark cloak. That man is called Giordano Bruno and he was burned at the stake in that very piazza in the 17th century.
Why? Because of his radical scientific theories about the universe that conflicted with the Church’s teachings.
Address: Piazza Campo de’ Fiori
Not many people know this, but famous playboy and painter Raphael Sanzio actually lived on this street. It’s known as one of the most beautiful streets in Europe and is a great escape from the crowds if you fancy stretching your legs after lunch in the area. You’ll also find a tailor on this street, if you fancy treating yourself or your man to some custom fit “Made in Italy” shirts, and a restaurant frequented by the rich and the famous.
Address: Via Giulia
Shopping in Campo de’ Fiori
La Antica Norceria Viola
Calling all meat lovers! This proscuitteria sits right on the edge of the piazza and is the perfect place to sample some of the best cured meats in the neighborhood. A family run business, the shop is filled to the brim with different types of meat. Ask to taste any that take your fancy! If you want to take some home, they’ll wrap it up in an air tight and sealed bag for you that is airplane friendly. #Yum!
Address: Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 43 | Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30- 20:00
Via del Pellegrino
This street leads away form Campo de’ Fiori, but is home to some lovely little shops and cafes. If you’re looking for something a little bit different, then these are the shops you should be visiting (as well as going to the neighborhood of Monti). You’ll find jewellery, clothes, kids shops, antiques and no high street stores. Walk all the way tot he end and you’ll meet via dei Banchi Vecchi, another street leading away form Campo with some cute shops on it.
Address: Via del Pellegrino | Hours: Vary
Via dei Giubbonari
This is a more popular shopping street in the Campo area. You’ll find lots of little shops bustling with people buying clothes, shoes, food, liquor, homeware and much more! It’s the main street that leads into Campo form the 8 tram stop so it is always a busy one, but the good thing is that the shops tend to stay open later on this street, especially in summer, so you can buy those last minute gifts you forgot for your nonna!
Address: Via dei Giubbonari | Hours: Vary
The Best Restaurants in Campo de’ Fiori
Forno Campo de’ Fiori
Forno Campo de’ Fiori is an institution in the piazza, feeding people with delicious baked goods since 1819. They even provided good for Vannozza de’ Cataneis, the mistress of Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia). So, when you buy some artisan baked goods here, you’re literally buying a piece of history. We recommend their pizza, panini, walnut bread and even their cheesecake!
Caffè Peru – Vino e Cucina
Caffè Perus is hidden away in a backstreet behind Campo de’ Fiori and is a great little escape for some lunch or even just a coffee or glass of wine. It’s eclectic style and friendly staff might make you keep coming back for more – everyone needs to establish a “local” while on vacation! Sit, grab something to go, it’s all very causal and we can guarantee the food is good.
Like something from a movie, the place is run by nonna Paola who has been working here for decades and still cooks all the food. They serve typical Roman and Italian delicacies, but we suggest you trust the waiter and let him suggest dishes for you. They will feed you just right and you won’t be left red faced from over ordering – like many Italian Trattoria, they won’t take your plate away until you’re F.I.N.I.S.H.E.D. Not a bad thing 😉
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