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Navona - Campo de' Fiori

Two of the areas which best represent Rome, Navona and Campo dei Fiori are to be found a short walk away from each other, on either side of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.

 

Here bottegas offering handcrafted products thrive alongside more recent businesses while antique noble buildings alternate with modern hotel chains.

 

Useful information about Campo dei Fiori

The origins of the name "Campo dei Fiori" are disputed. According to some it dates to medieval time when the piazza was a meadow full of flowers, while for others, it was named after Flora, the ancient Roman Pompeo's love interest. Over the years the area has undergone numerous urban regeneration and restoration projects, ordered by the Popes.

 

The piazza was, for a long time, the home of public executions. The statue in the middle of the square is of revolutionary philosopher Giordano Bruno, burnt for heresy in 1600. Today the square is home to numerous pubs, bars and restaurants. Romans and tourists alike enjoy sitting at one of the tables, sipping wine and watching the passersby. The pubs stay open into the early hours and the area attracts a young crowd, who have made Campo dei fiori, along with Trastevere, the center of Rome's nightlife.

 

Since 1869, the square has hosted a daily market, immortalized in the film "Campo dei fiori", staring Italian actors Anna Magnani and Aldo Fabrizi. Stalls of fruit and veg alternate with those selling clothes and souvenirs, but the highlight is the photo opportunity with the two flower stalls on the sides of the square.

 

Don't miss the fresh produce market, every day except Sunday between 7 and 13.30 h (1.30pm).

 

For more information visit our Campo de' Fiori page.

 

Useful information about Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona dates from ancient Rome, when it was a stadium used for athletic competition. The ruins of the Domizian stadium under the square can be visited. Piazza Navona developed its current "look" during the baroque period, thanks to the Pamphili family, whose home overlooks the square. Also on the square is Palazzo Braschi with its museum of 17th to 19th century treasures, through which Rome's history can be traced, as well as interesting temporary exhibitions.

 

At the center of the square there are three large fountains; the Moor Fountain, the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Four Rivers. The first two were designed by Giacomo della Porta and sculpted with the help of Bernini, the third was all Bernini's work. Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers is the central fountain in the square. It is an Egyptian obelisk in Roman style surrounded by allegorical representation of the four longest rives in the world, as known at the time: the Nile, the Gange, the Danube and the Rio della Plata. According to legend the statue which represents the Rio della Plata covers its face in protection from the eventuality of the collapse of the nearby Chiesa di Sant'Agnese.

 

The church was designed by Borromini, Bernini's grand rival. The church, built in 1652, is a fine example of baroque architecture. Unlike the other buildings facing onto Piazza Navona, The Chiesa di Nostra Signora del Sacro cuore was built in the 13th century to commemorate the deaths of the Christian martyrs who died in Domitian's stadium.

 

Don't miss the yearly "Festa della Befana" on January 6, starting at 11 h in the morning.

 

Find more information on our page about Piazza Navona.

 

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