Things to see
In the middle of the Campo de Fiori we can admire the impressive statue of the Dominican monk Giordano Bruno. Bruno was a mathematician, poet and philosopher who met Galileo and travelled through Europe. In 1593, he was arrested and convicted of heresy, his trial lasting for 7 years. Because he was such a talented orator, they nailed his tongue to his palate so he could not speak to anyone during his transfer to his place of death: the Campo de Fiori. He was burnt alive on Campo de Fiori on February 16th 1600.
To honor this freethinker, a statue in his likeness was realized by the sculptor Ettore Ferrari and put on the square. It was inaugurated on June 9th 1889 and many other freethinkers came to honor him. Pope Leo XIII said the installation of such a statue was an act of defiance against the Catholic Church. Despite this, each 16th of February, people come and bring flowers to the statue to commemorate the death of Giordano Bruno.
The Campo de Fiori is located nearby the Farnese Palace, a palace from the Renaissance which is now occupied by the embassy of France. The French government bought the palace for a lease of 99 years; the contract is set to expire in 2035.