The square named ‘Campo dei Fiori’ (Field of Flowers) sits in an area that was once prone to flooding and was therefore unused for many centuries. It was only in the 15th century that the square we see today started to take shape. It was decided by the city that this area needed developing as there were important buildings constructed nearby such as the Orsini Palace and the Palazzo della Cancelleria. The square was once a place of executions, one of the more famous to have met his death here was the Dominican friar and philosopher Giordano Bruno who was burnt to death as a heretic. 300 years after his death, sculptor and philosopher Ettore Ferrari deigned a statue of Bruno and placed it in the piazza facing the Vatican defiantly. It is in this piazza that you will find Rome’s oldest market. There has been a vegetable and fish market held here every morning since 1869. The former La Terrina, which used to serve as a watering place for cattle, now holds fresh flowers, the only indication that a meadow was once located here. In the evenings the piazza changes and is a popular meeting place for people of all ages and nationalities.
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