One of the mainstays of daily life in Italy is shopping at the market, and the market, for many Romans ,means Campo de’ Fiori. This historic square in the city center hosts one of the largest and most famous outdoor food markets each morning,, offering visitors the perfect opportunity to rub elbows with locals.
The name Campo de’ Fiori, or “field of flowers”, harks back to a time when this space was a meadow, but it also hints at its main attraction: the daily open-air market with vendors selling fruit, vegetables, and flowers. The Campo de’ Fiori, open daily from the early-morning hours, also has a lively nightlife, with young locals and visitors filling the square’s many cafés and bars.
Private Rome walking, electric bike, and Segway tours, as well as hop-on-hop-off tours, generally include a stop in Campo de’ Fiori, and often offer skip-the-line access to highlights like the Colosseum, Vatican (and Sistine Chapel), and Trevi Fountain. The square is best seen, however, as part of a food and wine tour that allows you to walk through the market stalls and sample local specialities. Many food tours pair a stop at the Campo de’ Fiori market with a walk through the Trastevere neighborhood and the historic Jewish ghetto.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The square is pedestrian only and crowded with lively vendors hawking their wares, making it an interesting diversion for kids.
- If you’re joining a walking or bike tour of Rome and Campo de’ Fiori, wear comfortable shoes and a hat.
- Campo de’ Fiori is easy to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller, although the thick morning crowds may make the market difficult to navigate.
- In addition to the stands themselves, there are plenty of cafés and gelato shops in or near the square, making the area perfect for a snack.
- Shoppers are discouraged from touching the food; instead, point to your selection and the vendor will bag it for you.
How to Get There
Campo de’ Fiori is located in the historic city center of Rome between Piazza Navona and the Tiber River. To reach the square by public transportation, take one of several buses to the Argentina stop on Largo di Torre Argentina—it’s just a short walk from there.
When to Get There
To get a real feel for Campo de’ Fiori, visit in the early morning, when the market is at its busiest, and then again in the late evening, when the market is closed but the cafés and bars lining the square fill up with revelers.
The City of Markets
Campo de’ Fiori may be the best-known market in Rome, but the city is full of permanent and weekly food markets where you can stock up on seasonal produce and local specialties. The most beloved are Testaccio, which recently relocated from Piazza Testaccio into a modern facility; Piazza San Cosimo, a small market in the lively Trastevere neighborhood; and the Piazza dell’ Unità Market in the upscale Prati quarter.