Campo de’Fiori

Surrounded by the elegant buildings of the historic centre of Rome, Campo de’Fiori is a magnificent window unto the city’s ancient origins. Brought to life through its colourful and vibrant local market, the square – the only one in the ancient centre without a church – owes its name to the large, flowered field that occupied the space until the 15th Century. At its middle stands a large statue dedicated to the famous philosopher Giordano Bruno, condemned to be burned at the stake in 1600 due to his heretical ideas. Campo de’Fiori leads to Piazza Farnese, with the two majestic granite fountains from the Baths of Caracalla; in the 16th Century, the palace of the same name was built at the behest of future Pope Paul III, with Michelangelo as one of many great names involved in its construction. A splendid building which, on the main floor, boasts a frescoed gallery, with the masterpieces of Annibale Caracci, his brother Agostino, Domenichino and Giovanni Lanfranco.