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Campo de’ Fiori Market Photos

Campo de’ Fiori has been a popular Roman square since before the Middle ages, and since 1869 has held a daily vegetable and fruit market. Present day it has turned into a crossroad of sorts;  tourists can buy tacky t-shirts and umbrellas steps away from catching a glimpse of Italian market life.

campo de fiori bike

Streets surrounding the market are named for their traditional trades. My favorite ones were Via dei Balestrari (street of the crossbow makers) and Via dei Baullari (street of the coffee brewers).

campo de fiori olive wood and housewares

The Campo de’ Fiori market has been held everyday in the square since 1869.

campo de fiori pasta

campo de fiori spices

campo de fiori produce

campo de fiori vegetables

campo de fiori mushrooms

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campo de fiori vender

Campo de’ Fiori’s trademark beverage is  fresh pomegranate juice. With each sale, the vendor cuts two pomegranates in half  and juices everything to order.

campo de fiori pomegranate juice

 

Mama soon learned that juicing pomegranates was no easy task…

campo de fiori mama juicing pomegranates

 

But in the end it made for fantastic juice; slightly bitter due to the peel being left on, but very refreshing.campo de fiori avery pomegranate juice

Out of everyone I met there, my favorite vendor was the man who sold fancy vegetable cutters. He had a ‘trademark’ cutter which cut a curly spiral from the center of a potato, leaving the remainder of the potato with a hole to stuff.

campo de fiori vegetable cutters

campo de fiori vegetable cutter man

A fun fact I learned after visiting the market: Executions used to be held publicly at Campo de’ Fiori. Most notably, Giordano Bruno was burnt alive for heresy and his works placed on the Index of Forbidden Books by the Roman Catholic empire.

One Response to “Campo de’ Fiori Market Photos”

  1. Michele
    July 16, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    Looks like lots of fun! I bet it is fun to go to Europe with your mom and Zach!

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