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What & where to eat in Rome: Campo de’ Fiori

Campo de’ Fiori, eating , enjoying happy hour, enjoying life.

Best restaurants near Campo de fiori

Some of the best restaurants and food shops of this area are not right on the square. However the best restaurant in Campo de’ Fiori is La Carbonara, where you can taste one of the best carbonara of Rome.
There are other amazing places near Campo de’ Fiori, like for example Roscioli (a pretty new restaurant in Via dei Giubbonari 21). Roscioli’s family is definitely a local institution. Alessandro is one of the Roscioli’s brother and manages the restaurant. Pierluigi Roscioli manages the Antico Forno Roscioli, an amazing forno. Here you can find a must-try food in Rome:  the best pizza rossa and the pizza bianca con la mortadella.

A nice restaurant, beloved by local poeple and polititians working in the area is the Camponeschi . This restaurants faces Piazza Farnese 50, right next to the French Embassy.
If you don’t want to have lunch or dinner, but you’ve been walking for hours and you need a break, stop at a bar. For a coffee and something to eat, you should definitely go to Caffé Perù (Via di Monserrato, 46, opened since 1933).

Too hot for a coffee?  refresh yourself with one of the most particular and tasty gelato of Rome at Punto Gelato (Via dei Pettinari, 43). Here the unique recipes invented by the Chef and owner Günther, will make you fall in love with Italian gelato. This is the shop where you’ll finally understand the differences between gelato and ice cream.
The perfect place for the aperitivo is Obicà, right on the square of Campo de’ Fiori (aperitivo time is usually between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.). In other words, this is the place to eat something.

A little bit of history

Campo de’ Fiori is  one of the most popular squares of Rome. It rises between Palazzo della Cancelleria and Palazzo Farnese. Campo de’ Fiori in Italian means “field of flowers”.Its name was first given during the Middle Age, when the area was actually a meadow.
In Ancient Rome the area was an unused space between Pompeus’ Theatre and the flood-prone Tiber. The powerful Orsini Family established themselves in this area in the 13th century. However the saqure remained undeveloped until the 15th century.

In 1456 under Pope Callixtus III, Ludovico Cardinal Trevisani paved the area: this was part of a greater project of improvement of the rione Parione.
The square raised as a focus for commercial and street culture. The surrounding streets are named for trades—Via dei Balestrari (crossbow-makers). Even Via dei Baullari (coffer-makers), Via dei Cappellari (hat-makers), Via dei Chiavari (key-makers) and in conlcusion, Via dei Giubbonari (tailors).
When the Pope was the King of Rome and Pontifical State, Death penalty was definitely active. Executions used to be held publicly in Campo de’ Fiori. Here, on 17 February 1600, the philosopher Giordano Bruno was burnt alive for heresy. All of his works were placed on the Index of Forbidden Books by the Holy Office. In 1889 Ettore Ferrari dedicated a monument to him, today famous as the Giordano Bruno statue. The statue rises, on the exact spot of his death.

Today

From Piazza Farnese, every day, starts the amazing Food tour of Rome: Campo de Fiori, Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere. The best way to stroll three amazing areas while filling your taste buds with the best selection of local food.

This is one of the most famous area for restaurants and bars. If you’re walking around these streets and you get hungry you can try some pizza. Otherwise stop for dinner or a drink after dinner.
Since this is one of the district of the nightlife in Rome, you will find a lot of bars and gelaterie. Try espresso or an amazing 100% artisanal Italian gelato.

During the day, this square hosts one of the most famous markets of Rome, and at night, Campo de’ Fiori is a nightlife meeting place for tourists and young people coming from the whole city.

When to go

The perfect period to come and visit this area is spring or summer, so you can enjoy the beautiful market and all the shops in the surrounding streets.
The best part of the day to come and walk in this district is definitely the morning, because of the market. Selling mainly fresh and vegetable products, from 7 a.m. till 2 p.m., is a nice place to stroll during the day.

Visiting the market enjoying the amazing food and product is an occasion to learn a lot about local culinary traditions.
When the market closes, in this square begins the aperitivo time. All the restaurants and bars in the square organize the “happy hour”. From 5 pm you can drink and eat enjoying the lively atmosphere of the end of working day. It’s a very common social event between young people, and this is one of the best place for the best aperitivo.

How to reach it

This area is situated between Via dei Giubbonari and Piazza della Cancelleria, you can easily get there with all the buses that stop in Corso Vittorio Emanuele (like for example the 40 or the 64), and from there you can walk for 200 m directly into the square.

Contact us

Any enquiry about this article? Write to Valeria at love @ gourmetaly. com.  Valeria is a local foodie and insider, she studied Archaeology with a PhD in Numismatics. Meet Valeria joining one of our events.