Explore Campo de Fiori and its surroundings

Now is when you start discovering the magical Rome, the Rome which hides wonderful stories and curious facts behind almost every one of its cobblestone streets and alleyways

Okay, so you’ve checked off just about everything from your Roman “must see” list… the majestic Colosseum, the stunning Trevi fountain, the fascinating Pantheon, the elegant Spanish Steps, the mysterious Castel Sant’Angelo, the grandiose St Peter’s square, the precious Vatican museums…

So now what?

Well, now is when you start discovering the magical Rome, the Rome which hides wonderful stories and curious facts behind almost every one of its cobblestone streets and alleyways.

A great starting point to see the “real” Rome and to breathe in its neighborhood life is Campo de’ Fiori, which translates to “field of flowers”. Campo de’ Fiori is more than just a famous square (or piazza) located not far from Piazza Navona and neighboring Piazza Farnese; it’s a place that remains very busy at every hour of the day and night. As early as six in the morning, farmers, local producers and crafters begin unloading their little “Apecar” (a very conveniently sized three wheeler) and setting up their stalls across the square. Within a couple of hours, Campo de’ Fiori becomes a lively open-air market which offers fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, jams, liquors, trinkets of all sorts, and so much more. Everyone behind the stalls is just waiting to explain to the more curious visitors their specialty and their methods of production in great detail. Aside from the unbelievable selection of fresh produce, a walk across Campo de’ Fiori can also become a highly educational activity!

“ASIDE FROM THE UNBELIEVABLE SELECTION OF FRESH PRODUCE,

A WALK ACROSS CAMPO DE’ FIORI CAN ALSO BECOME A HIGHLY EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY!”

At about mid afternoon, everyone packs up and the square becomes a place where people meet in one of the many bars and restaurants which surround it. Lunch, aperitif, supper, after-supper drink, late night supper, very late night drink… it all happens in this typically Roman square. And then? Well, we start all over again with the hurried arrival of the Apecars in the wee hours of the day to set up for the market yet again.

After discovering Campo de’ Fiori, the next stop should inevitably be the little streets around it: Via dei Cappellari (the hat-makers street), Via dei Giubbonari (the tailors street), Via dei Chiavari (the keysmiths street), to name only a few. A fun fact: in medieval Rome, it was quite common to see men who practiced the same trade to live and work on the same street, hence they were named after the main type of business they hosted. These streets are among the most photogenic of Rome’s center; exploring them with a piece of pizza in one hand and a camera in the other can only be entertaining.

The cherry on top: a hidden gem called Arco degli Acetari. Along Via del Pellegrino, this charming quiet courtyard is just waiting for passersby to pause and admire it with fascination. Arco degli Acetari is a little place where time stopped, as does everyone who has the chance to pass by…

“Photography by Carlo De Gori – Trevimage

“Photography by Carlo De Gori – Trevimage

 

“Photography by Carlo De Gori – Trevimage

  

“Photography by Carlo De Gori – Trevimage

 

via dei Cappellari “Photography by Carlo De Gori – Trevimage

Written by Nora Fahmi