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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rome: Campo Di Fiori

Campo di Fiori is one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Rome. Its the home of the Jewish community and, not too terribly unexpected, great opportunities for groceries. The open air Saturday Market is lively and interesting albeit mostly a photo opp and takeaway gift shopping experience for tourists.

Don't miss corner groceries on the periphery of the Market, they're Kosher. Well, except for all the ham.

Interesting stops include the impressive Synagogue of Rome, remnant of the Jewish Ghetto, rebuilt -- Teatro di Marcello, a theatre started by Caesar and finished by Augustus -- Portico d'Ottavia, built in 146 BC, it was part of the triumphal procession route taken by the emperor in arms and the army to celebrate victories and the trophies of battle. It was dedicated by Augustus to his sister Otttavia.

This neighborhood is also home to one of the best restaurants in Rome. It is also one of the most difficult to find restaurants in Rome - Sora Margherita. If you can find it treat yourself to some Jewish-Roman cuisine. Definitely order the whole fried artichoke!

Campo Di Fiori Saturday Market

Synagogue Of Rome

Portico d'Ottavia

Teatro di Marcello

Sora Margherita: Jewish-Roman Restaurant

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Blogger suzy said...

Campo Di Fiori was fun. I loved walking through there

12:53 AM

Blogger Jim said...

Suzy, I hope you stopped for a whole fried artichoke! If not, I insist that you go back :)

7:24 PM

Blogger suzy said...

Can I go back there anyway? There is a wonderful salumi shop there and I got a picnic for me.

11:25 PM

Blogger Jim said...

Yes, Suzy, I think you *must* go back! There were a number of shoppes anchoring the square where the Saturday Market took place. I picked up many black truffle based products for less than half of what I pay here. Even considering the exchange rate :)

9:16 AM

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