Tradition says that Campo de' Fiori was named after the woman loved by Pompey, Flora, but it is more likely to have come from something a bit less romantic. In the 14th Century, Campo de' Fiori was a long-abandoned field filled with flowers. In the second half of the 19th Century the square became a place of daily market. You may be tempted to buy some of the best fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, tablecloths, utensils and toys. It was also the scene of many executions, most notably that of Giordano Bruno, the philosopher who was burned here in 1600. The statue dedicated to him replaced a fountain that was moved to the nearby Chiesa Nuova square, and a reproduction of it was moved to the side of the Campo de' Fiori.
A glimpse into Cristalli di Zucchero will make you feel like you are in a child's room that is adorned with every color possible. Brightly colored macaroons, and brownies in shades of brown decorate the shelves quite beautifully. The aroma of freshly baked cookies and cakes will keep you drooling till you get your hands on one of these delights. Savor the soft-as-butter goodness of a cupcake, or the silky smooth chocolates, in various flavors. The rates are a little high, but its totally worth it.
This delightful bookshop is a stone's throw from the Colosseum, with a wide choice of titles in all sections. The staff is attentive and competent. The departments include philosophy, art, economics and literature. Children's books are very limited in number but you will find the bestsellers here.
Girls will sure love this place! Sempre Verde offers all the street style looks and vintage clothing, that add to the variety of your wardrobe. The clothes are carefully styled and you will be surprise with the collections. All this and lots more available at surprising low and convenient prices.
This delightful, family book shop stocks works published by the smaller Italian publishing houses, as well as those by well-known publishers. Since 1989, this store has been delighting various book lovers with their extensive collection. This is the right place to come for those who are trying to find an obscure publisher or book, not to mention those looking for a rare copy of their favorite book. This store is a wonderful place to pick up something for a friend who is an avid reader.
This big shoe-shop sells half-price shoes for men, women and children along with a fashionable range of handbags and accessories: you'd be hard pressed not to find something you like. Everything is always half price, but it is even cheaper during the sale periods that bless every shop in Rome during certain parts of the year. From the casual to the glamorous, Fausto Santini houses footwear and bags for every occasion. The staff is friendly and helpful.
The guys at Tazza D'Oro know that coffee has been through the thick and thin of age old traditions and time immemorial. No wonder, it shows in their finely ground and painstakingly prepared coffee which is aromatic and lip smacking good. To some it may be a wake up call, while for a few others it might just be a reason to keep them charged through the day. Apart from coffee, they also have a small selection of teas on offer and for those who don't like their coffee virgin, they have the liqueur variety too. Whatever your cravings, a cup of Tazza d'Oro is all you need to spruce up your taste buds.
Stock up on the kitchen essentials at Mercato di Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo. Organized by the Campagna Amica, a foundation patronizing local produce, this farmer's market is held near the ancient Circus Massimus. The fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and legumes are offered at fabulous prices. Olive oil, milk and pasta are also sold here. Grab a shopping basket and set off to this quaint and interesting market for a fun adventure.
A site for public prosecutions in the olden days, this food market is famous throughout the city and is worth a visit even if you have no intention to buy anything. In the mornings the entire place is filled with fresh flowers lugged by the vendors, making it a sight to behold As well as fresh fish and meat counters, huge amounts of seasonal fruits and vegetables, oriental, Indian and Italian spices and cereals in many different varieties are available here. If buying something then remember to bargain well.